Mr. Bean's Holiday Reviews

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August 29, 2007
I wasn't a fan of his first film, but darned if I didn't enjoy the ride in "Mr. Bean's Holiday."
August 29, 2007
It's a shame that Atkinson has yet to find a feature film to do his character justice.
August 29, 2007
Not only are the physical gags clever, they're refreshing to see in a day when this kind of carefully constructed visual comedy has completely vanished from the movies.
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.
August 26, 2007
Rowan Atkinson is one of those people who can inspire laugher with a twitch of his eyebrow or a stumble of his feet. He is this movie, and he gives us a good time.
August 25, 2007
A great deal of silent era slapstick has only grown better with age. The exploits of Mr. Bean have vinegared.
August 25, 2007
Rowan Atkinson's operatic lip-synching in 'Mr. Bean's Holiday' is one of the funniest things I've seen in a movie so far this year.
August 25, 2007
Mr. Bean's Holiday is a very cute movie. Unfortunately, cute is rarely funny.
August 25, 2007
Watching Atkinson pantomime an opera aria or engage in simple sight gags serves as a reminder of how few people are keeping this kind of visual comedy alive.
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.
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.
August 24, 2007
Ultimately, if you don't like Mr. Bean, you won't like this film. But fans will laugh themselves silly.
August 24, 2007
The film, set mostly in France, pays homage to Jacques Tati, but the mostly silent gags feel like watered-down Bean.
August 24, 2007
The real culprit is Atkinson's grotesque mugging and lazy pratfalls, combined with the misguided decision to tweak the voice tracks so that most of Bean's sparse utterances come out as guttural, near-incomprehensible grunts.
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.
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.
August 24, 2007
It's mercifully short (87 minutes), the French scenery is pleasant, a handful of the routines are hilarious and -- with its G rating -- you can definitely bring the kids.
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.
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.
August 24, 2007
Atkinson is tireless, and a bit tiring. His facial contortions, weird grunts and malaprop moves almost never rest, and his holiday trip to Cannes from Paris is a twit's marathon.
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