Keeping Mum Reviews

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 12, 2007
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
October 26, 2006
A dark comedy that isn't dark or particularly funny, Keeping Mum ends up being an exercise in heavy-handed whimsy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 21, 2006
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 20, 2006
A meek little diversion, nothing more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
October 13, 2006
Bracket out the ethical concerns of making merry as the body count mysteriously rises and Keeping Mum is an endearing hoot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 9, 2006
It's probably one of the funniest films to come out of England in years.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
October 5, 2006
Cheerfully black-hearted and unfailingly amusing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 5, 2006
Smith is an absolute delight, exuding grandmotherly warmth even as she's picking her next target.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
September 29, 2006
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
September 29, 2006
It's always a treat to watch Maggie Smith up to her old scene-stealing tricks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail
September 29, 2006
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Teresa Budasi
Chicago Sun-Times
September 29, 2006
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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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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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
September 29, 2006
Keeping Mum has an agreeably twisted plot that's compromised throughout by leaden pacing and a fatal attack of the cutes.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 29, 2006
The actors all strike just the right tone to carry off the black comedy.
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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
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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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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 28, 2006
No heavy lifting here (except for a few stiff bodies), but Keeping Mum has a macabre merriment about it.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 20, 2006
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 | Original Score: B-
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
September 20, 2006
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.
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
September 15, 2006
While the comedy is corny and the storytelling inconsistent, the cast makes it a keeper.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
September 15, 2006
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
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
September 15, 2006
Frothy, good-hearted fun that reminds you of the kind of movies we're always complaining they don't make anymore.
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John Anderson
Newsday
September 14, 2006
Johnson isn't striving for a masterpiece, just something clever, unpredictable and human. Fun, too. And he succeeds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 14, 2006
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
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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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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.
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Derek Elley
Variety
January 3, 2006
Rather dark, decidedly English and exceedingly well played.