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Keeping Mum Reviews

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
October 20, 2006
A meek little diversion, nothing more.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
October 13, 2006
A modest comedy that wants to be both dark and reassuring at the same time.
Read More | Original Score: C+
October 13, 2006
Bracket out the ethical concerns of making merry as the body count mysteriously rises and Keeping Mum is an endearing hoot.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 9, 2006
It's probably one of the funniest films to come out of England in years.
October 5, 2006
Cheerfully black-hearted and unfailingly amusing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 5, 2006
Smith is an absolute delight, exuding grandmotherly warmth even as she's picking her next target.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 29, 2006
The few smiles the picture generates are overcome by the revulsion of some truly disgusting deeds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 29, 2006
Those fond of films set in quaint, remote British towns (this one's named Little Wallup), or really any film in which the divine Smith purses her lips, will find much to enjoy here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 29, 2006
It's always a treat to watch Maggie Smith up to her old scene-stealing tricks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 29, 2006
As we wait in anticipation and wait, and wait, what initially appears as subtle humour gradually emerges as very little humour at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 29, 2006
Smith, along with the rest of the cast, rises above and turns the thinly scripted dark comedy into an amusing and enjoyable British romp.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 29, 2006
The screenplay by the novelist Richard Russo and Niall Johnson, who directed, is half hearted and too casual to be rousing. You're desperate for a surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 29, 2006
Keeping Mum has an agreeably twisted plot that's compromised throughout by leaden pacing and a fatal attack of the cutes.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 29, 2006
The actors all strike just the right tone to carry off the black comedy.
September 28, 2006
Where Ealing comedies used to have full command of irony, Keeping Mum is weirdly clueless.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
September 28, 2006
Saves its best for last -- and God bless Maggie Smith for, well, being Maggie Smith -- but that requires sitting through a frustrating, uneven hour of sluggish preamble.
September 28, 2006
No heavy lifting here (except for a few stiff bodies), but Keeping Mum has a macabre merriment about it.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 28, 2006
Not even such wily scene-thieves as Smith and Atkinson can salvage much of the silliness.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 20, 2006
Dame Maggie is waggish as a mad housekeeper who finds final solutions to one family's domestic problems, and it's fun to watch swanlike Kristin Scott Thomas pretend to be a frumpy vicar's wife.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 20, 2006
Director Niall Johnson and his co-writer, Richard Russo, have shrewd eyes for quaint British mannerisms and keen ears for the eddies of their curious speech patterns.
September 15, 2006
While the comedy is corny and the storytelling inconsistent, the cast makes it a keeper.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 15, 2006
Dame Maggie is simply delightful (has she ever been less than wonderful?), and she has sparkling backing by Kristin Scott Thomas as Gloria and Rowan Atkinson as the good vicar.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 15, 2006
Frothy, good-hearted fun that reminds you of the kind of movies we're always complaining they don't make anymore.
September 14, 2006
Johnson isn't striving for a masterpiece, just something clever, unpredictable and human. Fun, too. And he succeeds.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 14, 2006
The dark British comedy Keeping Mum exudes the comfy familiarity of a vintage episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents stretched into a feature-length film.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
September 13, 2006
Obvious, simplistic, and never funny, Niall Johnson's movie may be useful only as real estate porn -- Cornwall and the Isle of Man never looked so super cute.
June 24, 2006
...There's no artful black comedy here, just an uncomfortable clash between broad provincial humour and a murder plotline.
January 3, 2006
Rather dark, decidedly English and exceedingly well played.