75

Miami Herald

By Connie Ogle
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.
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75

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Director and cowriter Niall Johnson's black comedy falters at the end, but until then it manages to wring gentle humor from murder most well bred.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
A giddy black comedy about a homicidal housekeeper in rural England, is a hilarious reminder of that 1944 Frank Capra classic about two old maids whose cellar is cluttered with the bodies of would-be suitors.
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75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Dame Maggie is simply delightful (has she ever been less than wonderful?).
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A whimsical tale of serial murder in the English countryside, Keeping Mum benefits immensely from the charm and pitch-perfect gravitas of Kristin Scott Thomas.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Amusing dark English comedy produces its share of chuckles.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
She's no Mary Poppins: Maggie Smith is more like a cheery Angel of Death in the light black comedy Keeping Mum, one of those dutifully daft British diddles (complete with Rowan Atkinson as a vicar) that, except for the blunt sex talk, might have been constructed decades ago.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The movie is another of those harmless and politely made dark comedies that the English seem incapable of doing without.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

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.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
The problem with this one may be that it just isn't British enough.
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53 out of 100
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