Mr. Bean's Holiday Reviews

  • Atkinson's goofball grotesquerie never lets up.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • Rowan Atkinson continues a tradition that in the right hands never gets stale: comic pantomime.

    Andy Webster — New York Times

  • There are innumerable set pieces, most of which take an awfully long time to deliver an awfully weak gag.

    Steve Rose — Guardian [UK]

  • The film, set mostly in France, pays homage to Jacques Tati, but the mostly silent gags feel like watered-down Bean.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Do you Bean? If you do Bean, rejoice. Bean is back. If you don't Bean, here's a chance to start. Bean now, or forever hold your peace.

    Stephen Hunter — Washington Post

  • Somewhere, Jacques Tati is smiling.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • If you've never been particularly fond of Atkinson's brand of slapstick, you certainly won't be converted by this trifle.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • Don't mistake this simpleton hero, or the movie's own simplicity, for a lack of smarts. Mr. Bean's Holiday is quite savvy about filmmaking, landing a few blows for satire.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • For younger audiences, Mr. Bean's Holiday will be a pleasure, and of course, Bean addicts will, as always, be happy to see Atkinson's alter ego return to the big screen.

    Bill Zwecker — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Too often in Mr. Bean's Holiday, you get the feeling Rowan Atkinson and his collaborators confused the notion of 'building a gag slowly' with 'forgetting to build one at all'.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Director Bendelack and writer-producer McBurney aim for the comedy of Chaplin, Keaton, and Tati, relying heavily on sight gags and their star's pratfalls and facial contortions, but they vititate the comic payoffs by allowing scenes to run too long.

    Andrea Gronvall — Chicago Reader

  • The film's Harold Lloyd-inspired slapstick may be infantile, but it has an innocent sensibility that is a nice counterbalance to the equally childish but prurient American Pie flicks.

    Tirdad Derakhshani — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Mr. Bean's Holiday doesn't try for too much, but in the crass and noisy theme park that is children's entertainment, it's as refreshing as icewater on a summer day.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • A refreshingly blunt reminder of the simple roots of comedy in these grim, overly manufactured times.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Among the pluses: Atkinson is a gifted physical comedian. And the film is a rarity: a kid-friendly movie that was clearly not produced as a vehicle for selling toys and video games.

    Suzanne Condie Lambert — Arizona Republic

  • Pic's film-buffy slant, with a finale at the Cannes Film Festival, won't mean much to the ankle-biting segment of Bean's audience.

    Derek Elley — Variety

  • Mr. Bean's Holiday picks up steam when it finally arrives in Cannes just in time to wreak yet more havoc at the big film festival, but getting there is pretty tedious. A little of the wildly mugging Atkinson goes a long way.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • If Brit comic Rowan Atkinson really is retiring his greatest creation, he's certainly kissing him off in style with this glossy, often charming road picture that has none of the coarse or crass tone of the Hollywood hit Bean of 10 years ago.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • Bean seems to lament how some filmmakers have forgotten that film is foremost a medium of mass entertainment. The great sadness is that without uttering much of anything, is a few jokes short of making a very good point.

    Tony Wong — Toronto Star

  • The humour in Mr. Bean's Holiday, more chucklesome than uproarious, doesn't feel particularly contemporary. It has the kind of simplicity that's most likely to appeal to either the old or young.

    Liam Lacey — Globe and Mail

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