Keeping Mum
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Reverend Walter Goodfellow, a bumbling town vicar, lives with his wife Gloria and his two children (Holly who has a new boyfriend every week and Petey who is the whipping boy for the school bullies) in the small English town of Little Wallop. Gloria desperately tries to keep up appearances as the Vicar's wife but she's finding that her children and her hapless husband are just not enough for her any more, so she's planning to run off with Lance her American golf instructor. Totally confused with her life and sick of the barking dog next door, the nosey neighbor across the road, her… 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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