It might work as a parody of this genre if it weren't played just like another formulaic retread.
| Original Score: 2/5
A meek little diversion, nothing more.
...a disappointingly pat bit of Brit comedy that suffers by comparison to the postwar black Ealing comedies it evokes.
| Original Score: 76/100
Not even such wily scene-thieves as Smith and Atkinson can salvage much of the silliness.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Smith is too good for this.
| Original Score: 2/4
In the competition for cinema's worst genre, the Quirky British Comedy About Eccentric Countryfolk Learning Valuable Lessons In Outrageous Circumstances truly has no rival.
| Original Score: 1/4
The few smiles the picture generates are overcome by the revulsion of some truly disgusting deeds.
It is just a little too flimsy and insubstantial for its own good.
Getting audiences to laugh at murder is tricky business, and these filmmakers aren't quite up to the challenge.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Disappointing British black comedy.
| Original Score: C
Obvious, simplistic, and never funny, Niall Johnson's movie may be useful only as real estate porn -- Cornwall and the Isle of Man never looked so super cute.
Saves its best for last -- and God bless Maggie Smith for, well, being Maggie Smith -- but that requires sitting through a frustrating, uneven hour of sluggish preamble.
The screenplay by the novelist Richard Russo and Niall Johnson, who directed, is half hearted and too casual to be rousing. You're desperate for a surprise.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
A modest comedy that wants to be both dark and reassuring at the same time.
| Original Score: C+
a tease, a total sham
| Original Score: 1.5/5
One of those frothy films photographed in the quaint English countryside that yearns to be a word-of-mouth hit, but is too thin and predictable when it should be rich in nuance and off-kilter.
Where Ealing comedies used to have full command of irony, Keeping Mum is weirdly clueless.
| Original Score: 1/5
No more than mildly amusing, save for a handful of scenes that hint at what it could have been.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Despite a likeable cast and bursts of wit, this fails to work its darker comic themes into its picture of flawed-but-loveable rural Britain.
...There's no artful black comedy here, just an uncomfortable clash between broad provincial humour and a murder plotline.