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The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997)



Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 4

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Jon Amiel directed this satire on mistaken-identity thrillers and the spy genre, scripted by Robert Farrar, Tim John, and Oliver Butcher from Farrar's unpublished novel, Watch That Man. In the female lead, Joanne Whalley returned to films after a three-year absence, choosing to do so with director Amiel. Farrar's Hitchcockian-style story focuses on naive Blockbuster Video clerk Wallace Ritchie (Bill Murray) who travels from Des Moines, Iowa, to London to celebrate his birthday with his wealthy



Robert Farrar, Howard Franklin

Mar 24, 1998

Warner Home Video

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All Critics (52) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (18) | DVD (3)

You have to be a Bill Murray fan, or in an especially generous mood, to find The Man Who Knew Too Little more than mildly amusing.

September 27, 2007 Full Review Source:

This is the kind of thing Murray and Amiel could do in their sleep. So they do.

November 5, 2005

After a decade or so of lackluster, what-were-they-thinking? movies, Murray has finally come back to himself

August 7, 2005 Full Review Source:

Murray elevates the material in this amusing spy farce.

February 24, 2005
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

A poor man's Being There, which still makes for a great time.

July 24, 2004

Much of the film's success can be attributed to Murray, whose timing and goofball charm are as effective as ever.

January 13, 2004 Full Review Source:

Kind of funny...but not enough to recommend.

November 25, 2003
Kansas City Star

Oddball little comedy with some weird twists.

July 20, 2003
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

forgettable fluff, but it's hard to slam any film in which the villains take a break from chasing and shooting at each other to play the old Kerplunk! game.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Ultimately, 'The Man Who Knew Too Little' will be the undiscerning movie patron.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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Audience Reviews for The Man Who Knew Too Little

A decent semi-comedy that twists and turns until an ok but not terrific ending.
October 3, 2012

Super Reviewer

The Man Who Knew Too Little is a one-gag movie that doesn't work for much time. Bill Murray always was a very funny actor and he try very hard to the film get work well, but the script just worse the picture. This Hitchcockian-Style satire, of course it's not the best of Murray, but Bill as Wally make The Man Who Knew Little better them nothing. Rotten.
March 25, 2012
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

A one-joke comedy that wants to carry the absurdity of its premise throughout the entire plot. At first it is a funny idea but it wears out faster than expected, with not many smart twists to keep the story fresh. At least Bill Murray makes it an amusing experience.
January 11, 2012

Super Reviewer

Not Murray's best work. I'm not sure if this comedy is supposed to be a parody or satire or a remake or what. It just isn't funny enough. Murray tries hard, but the script fails him.
August 11, 2011

Super Reviewer

    1. James Ritchie: Am I talking to an actor now or a human being?
    2. Hawkins: Neither, sir. I'm a policeman.
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    1. Sergei: If we cannot trust each other, how can we bring back Cold War together?
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    1. Lori: I often wondered what death would look like, but I didn't think it would look like you.
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    1. Wallace Ritchie: Nobody asked me to be a human being.
    – Submitted by Victor M (23 months ago)
    1. Sir Roger Daggenhurst: Why is he using that ridiculous American accent?
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