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
Atkinson's Mr. Bean, a man of few words, carries their memory in his rubbery bones. When it comes to knowing where he came from, he's got the beat.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
The old Mr. Bean was a lot funnier than this one. It's a combination of things: lackluster writing (neither Richard Curtis nor Mel Smith returned this time), a lack of energy, and curiously poor timing for some of the jokes.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
While the film is amusing, it is disappointing that Atkinson appears content to play it safe. It would have been fun to see him aim higher.
Ray Bennett - Hollywood Reporter
While Mr. Bean's Holiday is hardly a memorable vacation, Atkinson proves an agreeably silly tour guide.
David Germain - Associated Press
David Fear - Time Out
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Mr. Bean's Holiday is a film stuck in the wrong century, more akin to classic silent comedy than modern humor and Bean himself is a clown caught without his make-up, psychedelically colored pants and bright red nose.
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
The hilarious sting of the TV show is gone; only the rubber-faced shtick remains.
David Fear - Time Out New York
Mr. Bean's Holiday delivers some of the charm of the original series, and whatever it may lack, it is worth watching simply for Rowan Atkinson's dedicated performance.
Felix Gonzalez Jr. - DVD Review
Britain's most-beloved mute behaving like a buffoon while vacationing in France.
Kam Williams - EURWeb
Slight, slapstick-heavy comedy will amuse kids.
Renee Schonfeld - Common Sense Media
Bean and Carson are less different than they are the same, both self-centered and naive, sad and lonely. Worse, Bean's movie isn't even as funny as Carson's.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
"Mr. Bean's Holiday" is a jolly day at the beach.
Roger Tennis - Cinemaclips.com
You can only put up with so much shameless mugging.
Jette Kernion - Cinematical
The episodes become all the more repetitive and wearying when stretched to feature length.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
After 'winning' a camcorder and a vacation package to the French Riviera, Bean sets out in Bean style, and the laughs don't stop.
Stina Chyn - Film Threat
If you are as repelled by the previews for movies like Balls of Fury or The Comeback, come give the old school a try. It's cunningly made.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
Taking aim at self-absorbed filmmakers, amateur and professional, emerges as another strong thematic target. If only the comedy produced as many laughs as things to say.
Susan Tavernetti - Palo Alto Weekly
Mr. Bean's Holiday is a movie that offers intermittent laughs and some funny sequences, yet does not come together as a whole. It lacks focus and pacing.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
For those who appreciate the power of Bean in brevity, this 'Bean' leads to too much bad gas.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Not only are the physical gags clever, they're refreshing to see in a day when this kind of carefully constructed visual comedy has completely vanished from the movies.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
It's a shame that Atkinson has yet to find a feature film to do his character justice.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
I wasn't a fan of his first film, but darned if I didn't enjoy the ride in "Mr. Bean's Holiday."
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
I hate Mr. Bean, I hated this movie. He's an annoying, creepy, leering, sweaty, unfunny character, and ten seconds would be too much and this movie's like 90 minutes.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
Rowan Atkinson is one of those people who can inspire laugher with a twitch of his eyebrow or a stumble of his feet. He is this movie, and he gives us a good time.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
A great deal of silent era slapstick has only grown better with age. The exploits of Mr. Bean have vinegared.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
Mr. Bean's Holiday is a very cute movie. Unfortunately, cute is rarely funny.
Amelie Gillette - AV Club
Watching Atkinson pantomime an opera aria or engage in simple sight gags serves as a reminder of how few people are keeping this kind of visual comedy alive.
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
Rowan Atkinson's operatic lip-synching in 'Mr. Bean's Holiday' is one of the funniest things I've seen in a movie so far this year.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
An only intermittently funny sequel that finally livens up in the last third. But that part -- a hilarious putdown of the pretension at the Cannes Film Festival -- is worth sticking around for.
Ruthe Stein - San Francisco Chronicle
Ultimately, if you don't like Mr. Bean, you won't like this film. But fans will laugh themselves silly.
Kevin Carr - Film School Rejects
A half-hour of this nonsense would be fine. An hour is a bit much. Nearly an hour and a half is an endurance test.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Writers Hamish McColl and Robin Driscoll wring comedy from Atkinson's angular body.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Dave White - Movies.com
The Wikipedia page on gurning lists Atkinson right behind Jim Carrey as one of the world's leading practitioners of grotesque face-making. And this is his ghastly masterpiece.
Bruce Newman - San Jose Mercury News
A breezily funny showcase for the rubbery-faced Atkinson's signature character, a near-mute buffoon partly inspired by the similar antics of Jacques Tati.
Timothy Knight - Reel.com
Amusing, yet not what we expect, or want, in a Bean comedy.
Rex Roberts - Film Journal International
For a silly kids movie about an accident-prone man on a trip to the beach, Mr. Bean's Holiday is actually quite mean-spirited and pretentious.
Lisa Rose - Newark Star-Ledger
One of the year's most enjoyable surprises.
Wade Major - Boxoffice Magazine
Atkinson is tireless, and a bit tiring. His facial contortions, weird grunts and malaprop moves almost never rest, and his holiday trip to Cannes from Paris is a twit's marathon.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
The trifling delights of Mr. Bean's Holiday come to a thundering crescendo during the movie's last 10 minutes in a sequence which almost reaches the enchanting heights of Monsieur Hulot's Holiday.
Ted Fry - Seattle Times
Mostly, Bean mugs and grunts for the camera, and very quickly it all wears thin.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
A throwback to silent movie clowns.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
The real culprit is Atkinson's grotesque mugging and lazy pratfalls, combined with the misguided decision to tweak the voice tracks so that most of Bean's sparse utterances come out as guttural, near-incomprehensible grunts.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
The time has come for Mr. Bean's retirement.
Scott Von Doviak - Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Scott Von Doviak - Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
little more than a string of sketches stitched together to form something close to a feature film. But that shouldn't bother those who like solid slapstick, which 'Holiday' provides in abundance.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
Rowan Atkinson's second feature-length outing as the bumbling Brit has moments of genuine humor and charm, but overall, [it's] more of a mini-break than a full vacation
Betsy Bozdech - Hollywood.com
It's mercifully short (87 minutes), the French scenery is pleasant, a handful of the routines are hilarious and -- with its G rating -- you can definitely bring the kids.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
...makes the fatal and ironic mistake of talking too much.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
[Atkinson & Co.] engineer some clever and humorous bits of Bean's mime and slapstick suitable for all ages.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Atkinson's amazing physical prowess and impeccable timing help him compare favorably with Chaplin, Keaton, etc.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
It turns out to be far better than you'd imagine, especially with Willem Dafoe cheesing things up as a pretentious auteur.
Luke Y. Thompson - L.A. Weekly
Things break, food is inappropriately disposed of and a silly man in a brown suit makes bug-eyed faces. Just the thing your inner toddler might like, assuming he can stay awake.
Gene Seymour - Newsday
The shtick has gotten old.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
The movie's pure good will can only carry it so far, and by the third act it has already exhausted all avenues of amusement.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Anyone wanting a family-friendly flick with lots of goofy facial expressions and mugging for the camera may as well just watch footage of dogs wearing funny hats.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
As a character who doesn't play on your sympathies, Bean somehow seems less tiresome, less demanding, less of a nuisance.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
In the final analysis, this Holiday is a so-so late summer diversion, unlikely to reignite Beanmania -- or repeat the previous film's boffo box office.
Marrit Ingman - Austin Chronicle
A painfully unfunny series of redundant and half-measured physical gags are strung together like distracting lights along an ugly clothesline of a 'plot' that really is hardly worth repeating.
Jason Ferguson - Orlando Weekly
People with video cameras can be truly annoying to travel with, but you wouldn't mind the home movies if they were all like this.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
Atkinson's physical comedy is so finely honed that there are moments when his timing is almost balletic, lifting the predictable story to sublime heights.
Mary-Liz Shaw - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Cackles & guffaws are sparse amidst much meandering. Willem Dafoe at Cannes, however, is quite funny.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
It wears thin quickly, making even the 78-minute running time feel like a decade when one is in the thick of Bean prancing around the frame.
Brian Orndorf - eFilmCritic.com
The Mr. Bean character is reminiscent of cheap chocolate - some people love it, others despise it, and few can consume too much without feeling nauseous.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
The master of many faces and a bountiful bag of body language tricks where words exist as mere secondary reference points if at all, Atkinson outdoes even himself this time around.
Prairie Miller - Long Island Press
Given its sense of quiet and penchant for harmless slapstick, a breath of fresh air in today's sea of raunchy, foul-mouthed sex comedies.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Mr. Bean's Holiday is sporadically funny.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
It's an improvement, and even intermittently funny.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
a low-concept equivalent of Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat
Chris Cabin - Filmcritic.com
Excellent entertainment, and for fans of the show, it's absolutely essential
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
Mr. Bean's Holiday is no Monsieur Hulot's Holiday, but preteens especially might enjoy it.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
If you've seen 10 minutes of Rowan Atkinson's Mr. Bean routine, you've seen it all. Any larger dose can lead to irritation, dry mouth and depression.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
Atkinson's over-the-top clowning is catnip for the wee ones, but adults will find it an acquired taste.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Delivers more of the same awful mugging and simplistic pratfalls that have endeared the character to absolutely no one I know.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
Willem Defoe whores himself out for a vacation in Cannes.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
In what Rowan Atkinson has called his last feature outing as the childish accidental prankster "Mr. Bean," this bookend sequel to "Bean" (1997) is a highly enjoyable family comedy for every unadorned moment of Mr. Atkinson's comic genius.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
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Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
Raises many hackles (but few laughs). ...The best joke is taken directly from Tati's Jour de Fete.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Infelizmente, as confusoes provocadas pelo personagem raramente se revelam engracadas, levando-nos a torcer para que ele chegue logo ao seu destino e acabe com tudo aquilo.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Parents who sat stony-faced through the original Bean are in for a surprise: from an adult perspective, Mr Bean's Holiday is not all that bad.
Paul Arendt - BBC
The jokes are weak. There's a complacency to the comedy that suggests that nobody could be bothered. Bean gyrating to Shaggy's Boombastic is a gag that was past its sell-by date ten years ago.
Wendy Ide - Times [UK]
Taking on a more European sensibility, Bean seems to have gone back to the drawing board, and come up with gags that were last funny when we were a couple of steps back in the Evolution of Man wallchart.
Stuart McGurk - thelondonpaper
Enjoyable, surprisingly sweet comedy, which softens the edges of the Bean character and aims for a more classic silent comedy vibe.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
With its obvious nods to Tati, a surprise for Charles Trenet lovers and much humour at the expense of celluloid pretensions, there's ample diversion here for even the snootiest cinemagoer.
Dean Essner - Time Out
Almost disturbingly unfunny.
Nick De Semlyen - Empire Magazine
The cinematic equivalent of Brussels sprouts; parents will drag their kids to see it whether they want to go or not, and it's bound to leave an unpleasant aftertaste in the mouths of all ages.
Joe Utichi - FilmFocus
What could have been a series of big and bigger set pieces instead flows smoothly from each corny gag to the next goofy slapstick routine.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Dean Essner - Sydney Morning Herald
A clever concept, inventive script and wondrously whimsical execution makes Mr Bean's Holiday a comical joy.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
While Mr. Bean's buffoonery and incessant mugging may grate on adult sensibilities, the truth is that kids will go gaga over his clownish antics.
James O'Ehley - SA Movie & DVD Magazine