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  • Summary: Rowan Atkinson is the outrageous Mr. Bean, sent on a mission to California to escort the world famous painting of 'Whistler's Mother' to its new home in The Grierson Gallery. What the gallery owner, one of the richest men in America, and his curator David Langley (MacNicol) believe, is that Mr. Bean is Dr. Bean, a renowned art expert. In fact he is just a sleepy-headed, wildly eccentric museum guard. (Universal Studios) Expand
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. But while rooted in British sensibilities, Bean is not to be confused with a Noel Coward comedy. Not every gag in Bean succeeds, but compared with most comedies, this one is a keeper.
  2. In this slapdash production directed by Mel Smith ("The Tall Guy" but also, alas, "Radioland Murders"), written by Richard Curtis ("Four Weddings") and Robin Driscoll, there's just enough unrepentant self-centeredness missing to take the hilariously brutish edge off Bean's game for those who know him.
  3. Some of the middle section of Bean sags, but most of the film zips along with a series of comic setups, played like skits, that emphasize Bean's klutziness, his feeble mentality, his childlike, me-too urges.
  4. Reviewed by: David Stratton
    Atkinson, who is in almost every scene, boasts a full-on comic personality that on the cinema screen is a bit daunting at times, and it's an open question as to whether the Carrey crowd will go for this seriously eccentric Brit.
  5. Bean falls well short of a work of genius. Indeed, the unbearable slightness of Bean feels like nothing so much as a betrayal of the television series on which it is based.
  6. 40
    This is not comedy - it's mugging. And there's no excuse for making Bean cuddly; he only works with an evil edge.
  7. 25
    At a certain point, Bean goes beyond awful to surreally awful, like the rug Burt Reynolds sports in a cameo. The last-ditch plunge into pathos does nothing to redeem the feeling. Let's hope no sequel is in the offing. The only thing worse than Bean would be a hill of Beans. [07Nov1997 Pg08.D]

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  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
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  1. Jan 16, 2013
    Bean is unfairly underrated. It is a great movie. I enjoyed it, loads of laugh and love. This is one of the best movies I've ever seen in my entire life. Real fun and comedy. Don't know why people don't like this. Rowan Atkinson FTW! Expand
  2. Sep 5, 2014
    This is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen - maybe even the funniest. A perfect film.
    I think this film is better than Bean's second
    film (Mr. Bean's Vacation). Expand
  3. Sep 5, 2010
    This is a great movie. Rowan Atkinson is great once again. Tom McGowan is great too! It's one of the best British movies ever made. I loved it,and my mom did too. Don't miss it! Expand
  4. Sep 24, 2013
    Rowan Atkinson's Mr. Bean is a funny soul, with his goofy faces and playfully obnoxious, scatterbrained attitude. But it all feels like one big, long, SNL skit. Expand
  5. Sep 4, 2012
    "Bean" is an OK movie, which will bring you laughs, a lot of laughs. The plot is funny, the characters are funny and Mr.Bean got the same, great idiotic and unique acting. Expand
  6. Sep 23, 2011
    "Bean" is a monotonous movie that pertain a few laughs to laugh; no more, no less.
  7. Feb 14, 2012
    Bean represents Rowan Atkinson's first attempt to translate his brilliant character into a watchable 90 minute film format. Unfortunately the film is flat and mostly unfunny. Besides a few moments here and there, Bean just doesn't satisfy the way that the Mr. Bean program invariably did. An extended cameo by Burt Reynolds(before it was cool to have a cameo by Burt Reynolds and frickin' everyone wanted one) adds a little flavor but the resulting film is still a cheese sandwich. Expand

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