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Mr. Bean's Holiday Reviews

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David Fear
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 27, 2007
I hate Mr. Bean, I hated this movie. He's an annoying, creepy, leering, sweaty, unfunny character, and ten seconds would be too much and this movie's like 90 minutes.
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Amelie Gillette
AV Club
August 25, 2007
Mr. Bean's Holiday is a very cute movie. Unfortunately, cute is rarely funny.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
August 24, 2007
Atkinson's Mr. Bean, a man of few words, carries their memory in his rubbery bones. When it comes to knowing where he came from, he's got the beat.
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Bill Zwecker
Chicago Sun-Times
August 24, 2007
For younger audiences, Mr. Bean's Holiday will be a pleasure, and of course, Bean addicts will, as always, be happy to see Atkinson's alter ego return to the big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 24, 2007
The film, set mostly in France, pays homage to Jacques Tati, but the mostly silent gags feel like watered-down Bean.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tony Wong
Toronto Star
August 24, 2007
Bean seems to lament how some filmmakers have forgotten that film is foremost a medium of mass entertainment. The great sadness is that without uttering much of anything, is a few jokes short of making a very good point.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
August 24, 2007
The trifling delights of Mr. Bean's Holiday come to a thundering crescendo during the movie's last 10 minutes in a sequence which almost reaches the enchanting heights of Monsieur Hulot's Holiday.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
August 24, 2007
The Wikipedia page on gurning lists Atkinson right behind Jim Carrey as one of the world's leading practitioners of grotesque face-making. And this is his ghastly masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
August 24, 2007
An only intermittently funny sequel that finally livens up in the last third. But that part -- a hilarious putdown of the pretension at the Cannes Film Festival -- is worth sticking around for.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 24, 2007
The film's Harold Lloyd-inspired slapstick may be infantile, but it has an innocent sensibility that is a nice counterbalance to the equally childish but prurient American Pie flicks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
August 24, 2007
For a silly kids movie about an accident-prone man on a trip to the beach, Mr. Bean's Holiday is actually quite mean-spirited and pretentious.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 24, 2007
Mr. Bean's Holiday picks up steam when it finally arrives in Cannes just in time to wreak yet more havoc at the big film festival, but getting there is pretty tedious. A little of the wildly mugging Atkinson goes a long way.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 24, 2007
If you've never been particularly fond of Atkinson's brand of slapstick, you certainly won't be converted by this trifle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
August 24, 2007
Don't mistake this simpleton hero, or the movie's own simplicity, for a lack of smarts. Mr. Bean's Holiday is quite savvy about filmmaking, landing a few blows for satire.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 24, 2007
A refreshingly blunt reminder of the simple roots of comedy in these grim, overly manufactured times.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 24, 2007
A throwback to silent movie clowns.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 24, 2007
Somewhere, Jacques Tati is smiling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
August 24, 2007
The time has come for Mr. Bean's retirement.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
August 24, 2007
The humour in Mr. Bean's Holiday, more chucklesome than uproarious, doesn't feel particularly contemporary. It has the kind of simplicity that's most likely to appeal to either the old or young.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Andy Webster
New York Times
August 24, 2007
Rowan Atkinson continues a tradition that in the right hands never gets stale: comic pantomime.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 23, 2007
Mr. Bean's Holiday doesn't try for too much, but in the crass and noisy theme park that is children's entertainment, it's as refreshing as icewater on a summer day.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
August 23, 2007
Mr. Bean's Holiday is no Monsieur Hulot's Holiday, but preteens especially might enjoy it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 23, 2007
Too often in Mr. Bean's Holiday, you get the feeling Rowan Atkinson and his collaborators confused the notion of 'building a gag slowly' with 'forgetting to build one at all'.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
August 23, 2007
Director Bendelack and writer-producer McBurney aim for the comedy of Chaplin, Keaton, and Tati, relying heavily on sight gags and their star's pratfalls and facial contortions, but they vititate the comic payoffs by allowing scenes to run too long.
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Suzanne Condie Lambert
Arizona Republic
August 23, 2007
Among the pluses: Atkinson is a gifted physical comedian. And the film is a rarity: a kid-friendly movie that was clearly not produced as a vehicle for selling toys and video games.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
August 23, 2007
Do you Bean? If you do Bean, rejoice. Bean is back. If you don't Bean, here's a chance to start. Bean now, or forever hold your peace.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 23, 2007
If Brit comic Rowan Atkinson really is retiring his greatest creation, he's certainly kissing him off in style with this glossy, often charming road picture that has none of the coarse or crass tone of the Hollywood hit Bean of 10 years ago.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Luke Y. Thompson
L.A. Weekly
August 23, 2007
It turns out to be far better than you'd imagine, especially with Willem Dafoe cheesing things up as a pretentious auteur.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
August 23, 2007
Things break, food is inappropriately disposed of and a silly man in a brown suit makes bug-eyed faces. Just the thing your inner toddler might like, assuming he can stay awake.
| Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 23, 2007
The old Mr. Bean was a lot funnier than this one. It's a combination of things: lackluster writing (neither Richard Curtis nor Mel Smith returned this time), a lack of energy, and curiously poor timing for some of the jokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 22, 2007
Atkinson's goofball grotesquerie never lets up.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
August 21, 2007
While the film is amusing, it is disappointing that Atkinson appears content to play it safe. It would have been fun to see him aim higher.
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David Germain
Associated Press
August 20, 2007
While Mr. Bean's Holiday is hardly a memorable vacation, Atkinson proves an agreeably silly tour guide.
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Time Out
March 29, 2007
With its obvious nods to Tati, a surprise for Charles Trenet lovers and much humour at the expense of celluloid pretensions, there's ample diversion here for even the snootiest cinemagoer.
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Derek Elley
Variety
March 24, 2007
Pic's film-buffy slant, with a finale at the Cannes Film Festival, won't mean much to the ankle-biting segment of Bean's audience.