Keeping Mum Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
October 20, 2006
It might work as a parody of this genre if it weren't played just like another formulaic retread.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 20, 2006
A meek little diversion, nothing more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 3, 2006
...a disappointingly pat bit of Brit comedy that suffers by comparison to the postwar black Ealing comedies it evokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 76/100
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 28, 2006
Not even such wily scene-thieves as Smith and Atkinson can salvage much of the silliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
October 12, 2006
Smith is too good for this.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
September 9, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 29, 2006
The few smiles the picture generates are overcome by the revulsion of some truly disgusting deeds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Sobczynski
February 18, 2006
It is just a little too flimsy and insubstantial for its own good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
January 7, 2006
Getting audiences to laugh at murder is tricky business, and these filmmakers aren't quite up to the challenge.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 13, 2006
Disappointing British black comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
September 13, 2006
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.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
September 28, 2006
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.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 29, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
October 13, 2006
A modest comedy that wants to be both dark and reassuring at the same time.
| Original Score: C+
Chris Cabin
September 15, 2006
a tease, a total sham
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Michele Kenner
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
November 3, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
September 28, 2006
Where Ealing comedies used to have full command of irony, Keeping Mum is weirdly clueless.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Timothy Knight
September 22, 2006
No more than mildly amusing, save for a handful of scenes that hint at what it could have been.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Anna Smith
Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Anna Smith
Time Out
June 24, 2006
...There's no artful black comedy here, just an uncomfortable clash between broad provincial humour and a murder plotline.
Philip French
Observer [UK]
January 20, 2007
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

Sydney Morning Herald
January 27, 2006
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 21, 2006
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 12, 2007
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