• R, 1 hr. 43 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Niall Johnson
    In Theaters:
    Sep 15, 2006 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 20, 2007
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Keeping Mum Reviews

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Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

The always fabulous Maggie Smith lends her martini-dry line readings to this fresh take on an Arsenic and Old Lace theme ...

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

October 26, 2006
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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A meek little diversion, nothing more.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

October 20, 2006
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

It might work as a parody of this genre if it weren't played just like another formulaic retread.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 2/5

October 20, 2006
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Mary Poppins commits murder most foul in this slight but worthwhile comedy that proudly displays its droll British humor at every turn.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 3/4

October 18, 2006
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

There are enjoyable nuggets throughout Mum, but they're sporadic, and in the end the movie is no keeper.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C

October 15, 2006
Marc Mohan

It's nothing more than a tolerably amiable diversion.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: C+

October 13, 2006
Loey Lockerby
Kansas City Star

There's only so much even the best actors can do with a sloppy script, and Keeping Mum can't get over its lack of focus.

Full Review Source: Kansas City Star | Original Score: 2/4

October 13, 2006
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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A modest comedy that wants to be both dark and reassuring at the same time.

| Original Score: C+

October 13, 2006
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Bracket out the ethical concerns of making merry as the body count mysteriously rises and Keeping Mum is an endearing hoot.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

October 13, 2006
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Smith is too good for this.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 2/4

October 12, 2006
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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It's probably one of the funniest films to come out of England in years.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

October 9, 2006

This would be a fun little film to watch during afternoon tea.

Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 7, 2006
Martin Scribbs
Mixed Reviews

Maggie Smith is like Mary Poppins...with a meat ax. Serial Grandmom strikes again.

October 7, 2006
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun

Slickness can turn anything into formula - even eccentricity, in the case of the handsome and entirely unfunny British farce Keeping Mum.

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: D

October 7, 2006
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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Cheerfully black-hearted and unfailingly amusing.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

October 5, 2006
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Maggie Smith can accomplish more in two seconds than most actors can in two hours.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 5, 2006
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Its downfall in the end is that the film offers more quirkiness than charm, but that quirkiness does have its appeal.

| Original Score: 2/4

October 5, 2006
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Smith is an absolute delight, exuding grandmotherly warmth even as she's picking her next target.

| Original Score: 3/4

October 5, 2006
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

Keeping Mum isn't a great film, but it's a right pleasant one, sometimes downright funny.

Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan

September 30, 2006
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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The few smiles the picture generates are overcome by the revulsion of some truly disgusting deeds.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

September 29, 2006
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