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Keeping Mum Reviews

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Simon Weaving
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
Cole Smithey
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+
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
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
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
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+
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
December 4, 2006
...the film gets by -- just barely -- on the powerhouse combination of Atkinson, Thomas and Smith...
| Original Score: 3/5
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
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
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
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
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
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
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
October 26, 2006
The always fabulous Maggie Smith lends her martini-dry line readings to this fresh take on an Arsenic and Old Lace theme ...
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
October 18, 2006
Mary Poppins commits murder most foul in this slight but worthwhile comedy that proudly displays its droll British humor at every turn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ken Eisner
Georgia Straight
October 15, 2006
The fine line between eccentricity and outright dopiness is skirted with British aplomb in Keeping Mum, a comedy that revives the ghoulish tradition of the Ealing Studios' heyday, with Maggie Smith standing in for Alec Guinness in, say, The Ladykillers.
Top Critic
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.
| 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.
October 7, 2006
This would be a fun little film to watch during afternoon tea.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Martin Scribbs
Mixed Reviews
October 7, 2006
Maggie Smith is like Mary Poppins...with a meat ax. Serial Grandmom strikes again.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
October 5, 2006
Cheerfully black-hearted and unfailingly amusing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 5, 2006
Maggie Smith can accomplish more in two seconds than most actors can in two hours.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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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
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
September 30, 2006
Keeping Mum isn't a great film, but it's a right pleasant one, sometimes downright funny.
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