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Keeping Mum Reviews

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July 30, 2009
Don't expect Rowan Atkinson in full Bean or Blackadder flight: this is much more delicate Country Life comeuppance at the hands of a deliciously dark fairy godmother.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 20, 2009
Rowan Atkinson ("Mr. Bean") plays straight-man Reverend Walter Goodfellow to Grace Hawkins (acted with keen wit by Maggie Smith) his genteel serial-killer housekeeper in this delicious British black comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 7, 2007
An insufferable British dark comedy in the tradition of other happy-horseshit classics
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
March 1, 2007
The problem with Keeping Mum is that the slaughter is very real and, worse, the victims are often innocent or otherwise undeserving of their fate.
January 31, 2007
I would have loved for these characters to have a different plot to stretch out in. However, this story is obvious, pedestrian, warm and pleasant, but mostly a tragic waste of some tremendous resources.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 19, 2007
It has all the edge, darkness and wit one expects from the storied genre of British dark comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 11, 2007
Director Niall Johnson, who collaborated on the script withRichard Russo deserves kudos for maintaining the tenor and tone of the film. A black comedy such as KEEPING MUM requires a very specific touch and Johnson handles the material with aplomb.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 30, 2006
The British countryside provides a pretty framework, unfortunately the picture inside doesn't fit the bill.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 13, 2006
Disappointing British black comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 4, 2006
...the film gets by -- just barely -- on the powerhouse combination of Atkinson, Thomas and Smith...
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
November 17, 2006
The warped fun is enhanced by two performances - one that is expected and one that's a delightful surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
November 11, 2006
...Features a great cast and a witty script that should help it appeal to even those who aren't as enamored of British films as I am.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 10, 2006
I'll match Grace's way with a meat cleaver and a shovel against Mary's spoonful of sugar every time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 6, 2006
There's something immoral about a film that asks us to chuckle at the naughty murders of innocent people and then expects our hearts to swell when a husband and wife affirm their holy union. 'Saw III' has more integrity.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 3, 2006
One of those frothy films photographed in the quaint English countryside that yearns to be a word-of-mouth hit, but is too thin and predictable when it should be rich in nuance and off-kilter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 3, 2006
...a disappointingly pat bit of Brit comedy that suffers by comparison to the postwar black Ealing comedies it evokes.
Read More | Original Score: 76/100
October 30, 2006
The Ealing of yore is gone, and Guiness, ex-ladykiller, is now and forever, Obi-Wan Kenobi. Here's mud in your eye.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 28, 2006
By the time Dame Maggie arrives, all she can do is clean up the mess and salvage what humor is left.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 27, 2006
This dark comedy does provide a breath of fresh air in contrast to all the stale and cloyingly cutesy comedies Hollywood produces.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 26, 2006
A dark comedy that isn't dark or particularly funny, Keeping Mum ends up being an exercise in heavy-handed whimsy.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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