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Keeping Mum

Thriller . Crime . Comedy

A pastor preoccupied with writing the perfect sermon fails to realize that his wife is having an affair and his children are up to no good.

Actors: James Booth , Emilia Fox , Liz Smith , Toby Parkes , Tamsin Egerton , Terry Alderton , Patrick Swayze , Maggie Smith , Kristin Scott Thomas , Rowan Atkinson
Directors: Niall Johnson
Country: UK , USA , ISLE OF MAN
Release: 2006-10-06
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  • Derek Elley

    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."

    Variety Full Review
  • 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.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • William Arnold

    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.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • 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.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • 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.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • V.A. Musetto

    Dame Maggie is simply delightful (has she ever been less than wonderful?).

    New York Post Full Review
  • 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.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    Amusing dark English comedy produces its share of chuckles.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    It’s refreshing to see Dame Maggie in a lighter mode than usual. The role of a genteel psychopath is a piece of lemon tea cake she consumes in one delicate bite.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • 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.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

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

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    Keeping Mum never really gets going, and it inches to the finish line like a narcoleptic turtle.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    Moderately amusing.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    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.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Ruthe Stein

    The problem with this one may be that it just isn't British enough.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Kate Taylor

    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.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    Weirdly clueless.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    Smith is excellent as the potty Grace, with both Atkinson and Thomas equally fine in their roles. But the fact is plainly seen: The Ealing of yore is gone.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Michael Atkinson

    Obvious, simplistic, and never funny, Johnson's movie may be useful only as real estate porn--Cornwall and the Isle of Man never looked so super cute.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Only the architecturally refined bone structure of Kristin Scott Thomas' face rescues Keeping Mum from full-on tedium.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    Director Niall Johnson struggles to find the proper tone: the serial murders aren't horrible enough to be funny, and the characters don't respond as if they're horrible at all. As a result the black humor thins into gray fog.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    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.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
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