Keeping Mum
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Niall Johnson's comedy Keeping Mum concerns the family of a vicar who are beset by a variety of problems. Reverend Walter Goodfellow (Rowan Atkinson) is a well-meaning but hapless religious figure in his town. His son, Petey, is a wimp, forever terrorized at school. His daughter, Holly, enjoys the company of a variety of different boyfriends. Wife Gloria (Kristin Scott Thomas) has had enough of her husband and is considering leaving him for a golf teacher (Patrick Swayze). The family starts to come back together after hiring housekeeper Grace (Maggie Smith), a woman who knows a thing or… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A dark comedy that isn't dark or particularly funny, Keeping Mum ends up being an exercise in heavy-handed whimsy."
‑ Randy Cordova, Arizona Republic
"Bracket out the ethical concerns of making merry as the body count mysteriously rises and Keeping Mum is an endearing hoot."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"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."
‑ Simon Weaving, Screenwize
"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."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"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."
‑ Ted Murphy, Murphy's Movie Reviews
"A meek little diversion, nothing more."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"It's probably one of the funniest films to come out of England in years."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"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."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"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."
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
"The British countryside provides a pretty framework, unfortunately the picture inside doesn't fit the bill."
‑ Bridget Byrne, Boxoffice Magazine
"A modest comedy that wants to be both dark and reassuring at the same time."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"Cheerfully black-hearted and unfailingly amusing."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"An insufferable British dark comedy in the tradition of other happy-horseshit classics"
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"It has all the edge, darkness and wit one expects from the storied genre of British dark comedy."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Disappointing British black comedy."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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