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Johnny English Reviews

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
August 7, 2003
Inept and painfully unfunny.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 31, 2003
Mike Myers has worked this material to death.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
July 26, 2003
There weren't enough good laughs for me to recommend it to anyone other than the most devoted Beanheads.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly
July 24, 2003
A funny summer frolic.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 21, 2003
[A] completely unnecessary and nearly chuckle-free spy movie spoof ...
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
July 19, 2003
So much of Johnny English should be funnier than it is.
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 19, 2003
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 19, 2003
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
July 18, 2003
Innocuous, if dumb, fun.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
July 18, 2003
A hugely redundant spy spoof.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 18, 2003
Johnny English may well be too specifically British, and too slight, to connect strongly with audiences, but it's a pleasant enough diversion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
July 18, 2003
The spy-spoof genre is old hat ... but Atkinson is such an inventive, endearing clown that one doesn't mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 18, 2003
A slight tee-hee of a comedy that, like a bargain wine, induces a wince on first sip but finishes well.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 18, 2003
It's all safe, predictable stuff -- so predictable that the only people who won't have things figured out 10 minutes into the film are those who left after five.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
July 18, 2003
Johnny English, despite its contemporary-sounding anti-French cracks, could easily have been made 20 years ago. Might have seemed better, and more fresh, if it had.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
July 18, 2003
The best feature based on a TV commercial I've seen all year.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
July 18, 2003
There's a lot of entertainment, especially for families, in Johnny English.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mark Wolf
Denver Rocky Mountain News
July 18, 2003
If Johnny English doesn't rollick with laughs it at least generally frolics with good-natured fun.
| Original Score: C+
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
July 18, 2003
Atkinson carries out his spy-spoof mission with candor and grace, or as much grace as a man can maintain while satirizing the Trainspotting climb up through a soiled potty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 18, 2003
Johnny English plays like a tired exercise, a spy spoof with no burning desire to be that, or anything else.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 18, 2003
Johnny English is silly enough, but why can't this clever man make a clever movie?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
July 18, 2003
Johnny English won't leave you shaken or stirred; it's simply quite likable, and there's nothing wrong with that.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 18, 2003
Rowan Atkinson is a gifted comedian. Too bad Johnny English isn't more befitting his significant talents.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 18, 2003
[Atkinson] is like a sketch-comedy troupe rolled into one body.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
July 18, 2003
A surprisingly gentle, old-fashioned comedy.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
July 18, 2003
A comic actor of genius who raises silliness to an art form, the wonderfully expressive Atkinson makes excellent use of those devastating looks in the spy spoof Johnny English.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
July 17, 2003
The wildly successful Austin Powers films are a hard act to follow, and Johnny English feels like a Johnny -come-lately to the same silly party.
| Original Score: C
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
July 17, 2003
Johnny English will delight those who arrive already convinced that they'll laugh uproariously at every slapstick gag and every misused word. But it won't convince the rest of us.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
July 17, 2003
[A] lazily ingratiating spy spoof.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 17, 2003
A tedium torture test produced with little money and less comic know-how.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 17, 2003
Johnny English is a tamer Austin Powers crossed with Get Smart, with very little in the way of effective humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 17, 2003
Delightfully daft.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
July 17, 2003
So abominably blah that you'll fall asleep in your popcorn.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
July 15, 2003
Smug with timely zingers like 'The only thing the French should be allowed to host is an invasion,' the movie's recommended strictly for Bush advisers.
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Mark Adams
Hollywood Reporter
April 15, 2003
There are few real belly laughs in Johnny English, but there is enough humor to keep an audience smiling for almost 90 minutes.
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Derek Elley
Variety
April 15, 2003
An extremely silly but effective enough romp for family auds.