Johnny English

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  • Summary: Enter Johnny English -- an office-bound junior intelligence worker suddenly thrust into the spotlight when the Crown Jewels are stolen from the Tower of London and a plot is uncovered that threatens world security. (Universal Studios)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 32
  2. Negative: 5 out of 32
  1. A comic actor of genius who raises silliness to an art form, the wonderfully expressive Atkinson makes excellent use of those devastating looks in the spy spoof Johnny English, where he turns up as a James Bond type more likely to kill adversaries by accident than on purpose.
  2. Delivered with the kind of English aplomb that PBS audiences around the country have come to know and love. It must be the accent.
  3. Most Bond parodies tend to flatten because they fail to evoke the production design overkill and slick cinematic style of its target. Johnny English is no different. Director Peter Howitt delivers action like a journeyman, but Atkinson saves him time and again.
  4. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    50
    Favorably, Atkinson’s family-friendly, rubber-limbed professionalism can revitalize even the most vapid of material, which this certainly is. Anyone who has seen an episode of Black Adder can tell you that he’s leaps and bounds funnier than this sitcom-grade bauble.
  5. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    50
    Adding to the general air of ''What the hell?'' is Australian pop singer Natalie Imbruglia as Lorna, the beautiful superspy who falls for our hero. With Lorna's help, Johnny discovers that Sauvage is plotting to take over the British throne -- the Battle of Hastings wasn't good enough, it seems.
  6. Johnny English never builds any momentum, and Atkinson simply isn't a good enough actor to mine continued laughs from repetitive material.
  7. 0
    This is strictly dull chuckles from dull wits, and while there are a few genuine laughs to be found amidst the dross, they’re as rare as Francophiles in Crawford, Texas.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 26
  2. Negative: 4 out of 26
  1. JaredC.
    Aug 12, 2007
    10
    The way the movie is crafted, is by MR. Bean letting things happen, the dumb way though. Witch makes it funny and gives the movie its own The way the movie is crafted, is by MR. Bean letting things happen, the dumb way though. Witch makes it funny and gives the movie its own perspective. Expand
  2. Feb 14, 2011
    10
    Personally one of the most hilarious movies I've ever seen. Watched it countless times and the jokes never fail to make me laugh. A MUST SEEPersonally one of the most hilarious movies I've ever seen. Watched it countless times and the jokes never fail to make me laugh. A MUST SEE for all Rowan Atkinson and British Comedy fans. Expand
  3. Oct 1, 2011
    10
    Soooo funny! Rowan Atkinson is the best !
  4. Jan 20, 2012
    8
    Better than I thought it was going to be, it's funny and manages to be a great parody of spy movies, granted you can see some bigger JohnnyBetter than I thought it was going to be, it's funny and manages to be a great parody of spy movies, granted you can see some bigger Johnny English's screw ups coming they still turn out funny do to good acting, not sure I would show this to younger audiences, but maybe kids about 13 and up, still if you like goofy spy parody movies then this is for you. Expand
  5. Jan 3, 2015
    7
    Aw, this one... Hehe, it is worth of a good laugh! Though sometimes, just sometimes, during the movie, you really wish Johnny would stop beingAw, this one... Hehe, it is worth of a good laugh! Though sometimes, just sometimes, during the movie, you really wish Johnny would stop being such a dump person, and grow up... But he us really trying, and being honest in all he does. It is a comedy, after all, so... let's not whine! And, ever better, this movie a parody to all those macho-agent-movies, where the agent never fails, gets all the girls (well, happened here, too...), and so on. Rowan Atkinson is ever talented as an actor! Thumbs up to him! Expand
  6. Nov 28, 2012
    7
    Although it is almost unforgivably goofy, there are still enough laughs within "Johnny English" to garner a couple more viewings.
  7. Mar 24, 2013
    4
    Perfect for young children, but just plain stupid for anyone older.

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