The Man Who Knew Too Little
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The Man Who Knew Too Little
Jon Amiel directed this satire on mistaken-identity thrillers and the spy genre, scripted by Robert Farrar, Tim John, and Oliver Butcher from Farrar's unpublished novel, Watch That Man. In the female lead, Joanne Whalley returned to films after a three-year absence, choosing to do so with director Amiel. Farrar's Hitchcockian-style story focuses on naive Blockbuster Video clerk Wallace Ritchie (Bill Murray) who travels from Des Moines, Iowa, to London to celebrate his birthday with his wealthy younger brother, James (Peter Gallagher). When he turns up on the same night that James has… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 42%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"You have to be a Bill Murray fan, or in an especially generous mood, to find The Man Who Knew Too Little more than mildly amusing."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Murray elevates the material in this amusing spy farce."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Kind of funny...but not enough to recommend."
‑ Shawn Bowers, Kansas City Star
"Ultimately, 'The Man Who Knew Too Little' will be the undiscerning movie patron."
‑ Harry Haun, Film Journal International
"This is the kind of thing Murray and Amiel could do in their sleep. So they do."
‑ Dan Fienberg,
"A poor man's Being There, which still makes for a great time."
‑ Martin Scribbs, Low IQ Canadian
"Oddball little comedy with some weird twists."
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
"After a decade or so of lackluster, what-were-they-thinking? movies, Murray has finally come back to himself"
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"Much of the film's success can be attributed to Murray, whose timing and goofball charm are as effective as ever."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"forgettable fluff, but it's hard to slam any film in which the villains take a break from chasing and shooting at each other to play the old Kerplunk! game."
‑ James Sanford,
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