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


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Keeping Mum Reviews

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Simon Weaving

Don't expect Rowan Atkinson in full Bean or Blackadder flight: this is much more delicate Country Life comeuppance at the hands of a deliciously dark fairy godmother.

Full Review Source: Screenwize | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 30, 2009
Cole Smithey

Rowan Atkinson ("Mr. Bean") plays straight-man Reverend Walter Goodfellow to Grace Hawkins (acted with keen wit by Maggie Smith) his genteel serial-killer housekeeper in this delicious British black comedy.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: B+

April 20, 2009
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

It has all the edge, darkness and wit one expects from the storied genre of British dark comedy.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: B

January 19, 2007
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews

Director Niall Johnson, who collaborated on the script withRichard Russo deserves kudos for maintaining the tenor and tone of the film. A black comedy such as KEEPING MUM requires a very specific touch and Johnson handles the material with aplomb.

Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews | Original Score: B+

January 11, 2007
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

...the film gets by -- just barely -- on the powerhouse combination of Atkinson, Thomas and Smith...

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 3/5

December 4, 2006
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

The warped fun is enhanced by two performances - one that is expected and one that's a delightful surprise.

Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle | Original Score: 7/10

November 17, 2006
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

...Features a great cast and a witty script that should help it appeal to even those who aren't as enamored of British films as I am.

Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 11, 2006
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

I'll match Grace's way with a meat cleaver and a shovel against Mary's spoonful of sugar every time.

Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 3/4

November 10, 2006
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

This dark comedy does provide a breath of fresh air in contrast to all the stale and cloyingly cutesy comedies Hollywood produces.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 27, 2006
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
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
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
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
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
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
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Those fond of films set in quaint, remote British towns (this one's named Little Wallup), or really any film in which the divine Smith purses her lips, will find much to enjoy here.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

September 29, 2006
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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May 12, 2007
Philip French
Observer [UK]
January 20, 2007

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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October 21, 2006

Sydney Morning Herald
January 27, 2006
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