• 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

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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May 12, 2007
Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
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A dark comedy that isn't dark or particularly funny, Keeping Mum ends up being an exercise in heavy-handed whimsy.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 26, 2006

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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October 21, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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It's always a treat to watch Maggie Smith up to her old scene-stealing tricks.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

September 29, 2006
Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail
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As we wait in anticipation and wait, and wait, what initially appears as subtle humour gradually emerges as very little humour at all.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

September 29, 2006
Teresa Budasi
Chicago Sun-Times
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Smith, along with the rest of the cast, rises above and turns the thinly scripted dark comedy into an amusing and enjoyable British romp.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

September 29, 2006
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 29, 2006
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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Keeping Mum has an agreeably twisted plot that's compromised throughout by leaden pacing and a fatal attack of the cutes.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

September 29, 2006
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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The actors all strike just the right tone to carry off the black comedy.

September 29, 2006
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
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Where Ealing comedies used to have full command of irony, Keeping Mum is weirdly clueless.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 1/5

September 28, 2006
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

September 28, 2006
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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No heavy lifting here (except for a few stiff bodies), but Keeping Mum has a macabre merriment about it.

| Original Score: 3/4

September 28, 2006
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Not even such wily scene-thieves as Smith and Atkinson can salvage much of the silliness.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 28, 2006
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Dame Maggie is waggish as a mad housekeeper who finds final solutions to one family's domestic problems, and it's fun to watch swanlike Kristin Scott Thomas pretend to be a frumpy vicar's wife.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

September 20, 2006
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Director Niall Johnson and his co-writer, Richard Russo, have shrewd eyes for quaint British mannerisms and keen ears for the eddies of their curious speech patterns.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

September 20, 2006
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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While the comedy is corny and the storytelling inconsistent, the cast makes it a keeper.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 15, 2006
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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Dame Maggie is simply delightful (has she ever been less than wonderful?), and she has sparkling backing by Kristin Scott Thomas as Gloria and Rowan Atkinson as the good vicar.

| Original Score: 3/4

September 15, 2006
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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Frothy, good-hearted fun that reminds you of the kind of movies we're always complaining they don't make anymore.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News

September 15, 2006
John Anderson
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Johnson isn't striving for a masterpiece, just something clever, unpredictable and human. Fun, too. And he succeeds.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

September 14, 2006
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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The dark British comedy Keeping Mum exudes the comfy familiarity of a vintage episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents stretched into a feature-length film.

| Original Score: 3/5

September 14, 2006
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 13, 2006
Anna Smith
Time Out
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...There's no artful black comedy here, just an uncomfortable clash between broad provincial humour and a murder plotline.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Derek Elley
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Rather dark, decidedly English and exceedingly well played.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 3, 2006
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