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Johnny English Reborn Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 23, 2011
Atkinson revives the comic secret agent that he first introduced in a series of TV ads in the UK, but this thin script gives him nothing remotely like a rebirth.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail
October 21, 2011
Johnny English Reborn is funny enough to make you laugh and plausible enough, in an exploding-umbrella type of way, to make you care.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 21, 2011
At gunpoint I might confess to smiling when English pummeled the Queen of England with a tea tray, but the babysitters for the target audience will know that his best bits are burgled from Austin Powers.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 21, 2011
It would seem to appeal mostly to hard-core fans of the "Mr. Bean'' star and children who laugh at the sight of men being repeatedly kicked in the groin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 21, 2011
Joke after joke falls painfully flat. Stay home and introduce your kids to Mr. Bean, instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
October 20, 2011
The humor isn't as dual-edged as, say, a Pixar comedy. But director Oliver Parker knows his genre well enough to lampoon the mainstays of the spy-flick genre, from impossibly high-tech weapons to foot chases worthy of Olympic medals.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 20, 2011
The movie feels about 10 minutes too long. Still the laughs, including the big laughs, keep coming right up to the closing seconds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
October 20, 2011
After a fast, funny start, the new sequel, "Johnny English Reborn,'' proves to be more of the same.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
October 20, 2011
The movie coasts on the charms of its rubber-faced star and its witty, easygoing set pieces.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
October 20, 2011
All that matters with efforts like this is whether the cookie-cutter plotting serves up enough situations for Atkinson to contort himself into and out of jams.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Sean O'Connell
Washington Post
October 20, 2011
Atkinson has amassed a loyal following who will no doubt support "English" in theaters. But most will leave disappointed, thinking, "Bean there, done that."
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
October 20, 2011
Atkinson gleans a few laughs from the contrast between his lascivious bedroom eyes and spastic physical comedy, but he can only do so much to elevate material this hopelessly mild.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 20, 2011
While Atkinson, with his elastic eyebrows and not-quite-in-on-the-joke gaze, is always a pleasure, the movie feels unnecessary; a way to give some work to a handful of actors while waiting for a real movie to come along.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 20, 2011
At least he's being honest: Johnny English Reborn makes no attempt to hide Atkinson's shameless thievery, his lack of invention or even his graying hair.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Clark Collis
Entertainment Weekly
October 19, 2011
Fans of sophisticated humor may feel empathy with, if not sympathy for, the lead character on those many occasions he is kicked in the nuts.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
October 19, 2011
Johnny English isn't reborn so much as reheated, and his aim hasn't improved after all these years.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Russell Edwards
Variety
October 19, 2011
[An] enjoyable if somewhat wheezy reprise.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
October 5, 2011
It's very undemanding, though the enthusiastic granny bashing does provide a quantum of solace.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Megan Lehmann
Hollywood Reporter
September 19, 2011
A redundant spy farce sequel that's less of a rebirth than a retread.