Johnny English Reborn is funny enough to make you laugh and plausible enough, in an exploding-umbrella type of way, to make you care.
Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail, 2011-10-21
The humor isn't as dual-edged as, say, a Pixar comedy. But director Oliver Parker knows his genre well enough to lampoon the mainstays of the spy-flick genre, from impossibly high-tech weapons to foot chases worthy of Olympic medals.
Scott Bowles, USA Today, 2011-10-20
The movie feels about 10 minutes too long. Still the laughs, including the big laughs, keep coming right up to the closing seconds.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, 2011-10-20
The movie coasts on the charms of its rubber-faced star and its witty, easygoing set pieces.
Stephen Holden, New York Times, 2011-10-20
All that matters with efforts like this is whether the cookie-cutter plotting serves up enough situations for Atkinson to contort himself into and out of jams.
Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 2011-10-20
[An] enjoyable if somewhat wheezy reprise.
Russell Edwards, Variety, 2011-10-19
Atkinson revives the comic secret agent that he first introduced in a series of TV ads in the UK, but this thin script gives him nothing remotely like a rebirth.
Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel, 2011-10-23
At gunpoint I might confess to smiling when English pummeled the Queen of England with a tea tray, but the babysitters for the target audience will know that his best bits are burgled from Austin Powers.
Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2011-10-21
It would seem to appeal mostly to hard-core fans of the "Mr. Bean'' star and children who laugh at the sight of men being repeatedly kicked in the groin.
Lou Lumenick, New York Post, 2011-10-21
Joke after joke falls painfully flat. Stay home and introduce your kids to Mr. Bean, instead.
Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News, 2011-10-21
After a fast, funny start, the new sequel, "Johnny English Reborn,'' proves to be more of the same.
Tom Russo, Boston Globe, 2011-10-20
Atkinson has amassed a loyal following who will no doubt support "English" in theaters. But most will leave disappointed, thinking, "Bean there, done that."
Sean O'Connell, Washington Post, 2011-10-20
Atkinson gleans a few laughs from the contrast between his lascivious bedroom eyes and spastic physical comedy, but he can only do so much to elevate material this hopelessly mild.
Nathan Rabin, AV Club, 2011-10-20
While Atkinson, with his elastic eyebrows and not-quite-in-on-the-joke gaze, is always a pleasure, the movie feels unnecessary; a way to give some work to a handful of actors while waiting for a real movie to come along.
Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times, 2011-10-20
At least he's being honest: Johnny English Reborn makes no attempt to hide Atkinson's shameless thievery, his lack of invention or even his graying hair.
Peter Howell, Toronto Star, 2011-10-20
Fans of sophisticated humor may feel empathy with, if not sympathy for, the lead character on those many occasions he is kicked in the nuts.
Clark Collis, Entertainment Weekly, 2011-10-19
Johnny English isn't reborn so much as reheated, and his aim hasn't improved after all these years.
Christy Lemire, Associated Press, 2011-10-19
It's very undemanding, though the enthusiastic granny bashing does provide a quantum of solace.
Trevor Johnston, Time Out, 2011-10-05
A redundant spy farce sequel that's less of a rebirth than a retread.
Megan Lehmann, Hollywood Reporter, 2011-09-19