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  • Summary: Walter Goodfellow (Atkinson) is the well-meaning vicar of the parish of Little Wallop. So obsessed with writing the perfect sermon, he's oblivious to his wife Gloria's (Thomas) dalliance with her brash golf instructor Lance (Swayze), has trouble keeping track of his daughter Holly's paradeWalter Goodfellow (Atkinson) is the well-meaning vicar of the parish of Little Wallop. So obsessed with writing the perfect sermon, he's oblivious to his wife Gloria's (Thomas) dalliance with her brash golf instructor Lance (Swayze), has trouble keeping track of his daughter Holly's parade of new boyfriends, and neglects his young son Petey. Enter the charming and discreet new housekeeper Grace (Smith), the answer to the family's prayers. Problems solved only lead to more problems created in this story of good intentions run amok. (ThinkFilm) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    80
    Rather dark, decidedly English and exceedingly well played, Keeping Mum is a neatly crafted black comedy with more than a nod in tone toward the Ealing classic "The Ladykillers."
  2. 75
    In Keeping Mum, the writers poke gentle, broad fun at the absurdities of English country life and manners while creating a cozy malevolence that's all the more engaging because it lies so far from reality. We know we mustn't murder our loathsome neighbors. But how much fun it is to imagine that we might.
  3. The script (by Richard Russo) is solid, the performances are witty and fun, and the movie is a most agreeable way to spend an hour and a half.
  4. 58
    Keeping Mum never really gets going, and it inches to the finish line like a narcoleptic turtle.
  5. A British black comedy, saves its best for last -- and God bless Maggie Smith for, well, being Maggie Smith -- but that requires sitting through a frustrating, uneven hour of sluggish preamble.
  6. Reviewed by: Kate Taylor
    50
    Black comedy often asks viewers, in exchange for the hilarity, to suspend their moral objections along with their disbelief...Here, we keep our part of the bargain only to be cheated of our payoff.
  7. 25
    The movie is a premise in search of a comedy. Rather than flesh it out, the filmmakers put familiar glad rags on the skull and bones.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
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  1. JayH.
    Apr 7, 2007
    10
    With a script by Ruchard Russo, and a cast headed by Maggie Smith, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Rowan Atkinson, this flick has impeccable With a script by Ruchard Russo, and a cast headed by Maggie Smith, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Rowan Atkinson, this flick has impeccable bloodlines. And it doesn't disappoint. It's delightfully droll from beginning to end. Expand
  2. MylesS
    Jul 27, 2007
    9
    A very surprising flick, 'Keeping Mum' was full of the dark, dry humor for which the Brits are known. Simply put, the movie is well A very surprising flick, 'Keeping Mum' was full of the dark, dry humor for which the Brits are known. Simply put, the movie is well done and a lot of fun to watch. Expand
  3. SherryF.
    Jun 26, 2007
    9
    I found this movie full of the sort of subtle humor that cracks me up. It was so satisfying to watch the performances of all the actors. I I found this movie full of the sort of subtle humor that cracks me up. It was so satisfying to watch the performances of all the actors. I did not know Rowan Atkinson a straight (well, almost) part so perfectly. Interesting to see the large gap between the critic avg. and the user avg. Typical. Expand
  4. Sep 10, 2014
    9
    A really black and entertaining comedy. Great acting performance especially from Maggie Smith, Patrick Swayze (Side character) and TasminA really black and entertaining comedy. Great acting performance especially from Maggie Smith, Patrick Swayze (Side character) and Tasmin Egerton. If you like humor very black / british than this is a must see movie. You will not stop laughing for a wile and that is the only thing that matters. Expand
  5. VeraR.
    Feb 27, 2007
    8
    Excellent movie, great cast, great actors! Loved the opening scene! I love British humour! Which movie were the critics watching with their 53!
  6. May 26, 2014
    7
    Keeping Mum shows Atkinson's brilliant (Yet strange) acting style that forms together with other talented actors to create an entertainingKeeping Mum shows Atkinson's brilliant (Yet strange) acting style that forms together with other talented actors to create an entertaining dark comedy that never strays away from the story and intertwines with the lives of everyone around. Expand
  7. AshutoshR.
    Sep 17, 2006
    6
    Keeping mum is a very ordinary and straight forward comedy movie . And what is more disappointing about this movie is that this is a Brit Keeping mum is a very ordinary and straight forward comedy movie . And what is more disappointing about this movie is that this is a Brit production . The Brits have certainly lowered their standards. Expand

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