The Man Who Knew Too Little
The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997)

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on mistaken-identity thrillers and the spy genre, scripted by Robert Farrar, Tim John, and Oliver Butcher from Farrar's unpublished novel, Watch That Man.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… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: November 14, 1997
DVD Release Date: March 24, 1998
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Critic Score: 41% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mike Clark
USA Today

A one-note mix-up.

Dan Fienberg

This is the kind of thing Murray and Amiel could do in their sleep. So they do.

Martin Scribbs
Low IQ Canadian

A poor man's Being There, which still makes for a great time.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a misguided and terminally unfunny disaster that's rarely as appealing or entertaining as star Bill Murray's typically charismatic performance.

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Eric D. Snider

After a decade or so of lackluster, what-were-they-thinking? movies, Murray has finally come back to himself

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Michael Dequina

Much of the film's success can be attributed to Murray, whose timing and goofball charm are as effective as ever.

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Rob Gonsalves

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.

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Murray elevates the material in this amusing spy farce.

Shawn Bowers
Kansas City Star

Kind of funny...but not enough to recommend.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
It's a thin premise: a regular guy gets caught up in international intrigue, the spy game, without being aware of it. And so it becomes a personality… More
Sophie Burgess
A decent semi-comedy that twists and turns until an ok but not terrific ending.
Lucas Martins
Aj V
Not Murray's best work. I'm not sure if this comedy is supposed to be a parody or satire or a remake or what. It just isn't funny enough.… More
Carlos Magalhăes
A one-joke comedy that wants to carry the absurdity of its premise throughout the entire plot. At first it is a funny idea but it wears out faster than… More
Melvin White
Wallace: Please don't call me by my real name, it destroys the reality I'm trying to create.  "He's on a mission so secret, even he… More