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Mr. Bean's Holiday

24bean-75 The hapless Mr. Bean takes a vacation on the French Riviera, where he becomes ensnared in an accidental kidnapping, discovers romance with a lovely actress at the Cannes Film Festival and manages to give a pompous movie director his comeuppance.
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Netflix Rating: 3.5
NYT Review
With "Mr. Bean's Holiday," the British comedian Rowan Atkinson continues a tradition that in the right hands never gets stale: comic pantomime. Read the review
Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 50%
Critics' score: 50   Audience score: 53   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

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. full review

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail

The hilarious sting of the TV show is gone; only the rubber-faced shtick remains. full review

David Fear, Time Out New York

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

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. full review

Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com

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. full review

Bill Zwecker, Chicago Sun-Times

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

Claudia Puig, USA Today

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. full review

Tony Wong, Toronto Star

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. full review

Ted Fry, Seattle Times

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. full review

Bruce Newman, San Jose Mercury News

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. full review

Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle

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

Andy Webster, New York Times

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. full review

Lisa Rose, Newark Star-Ledger

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. full review

Lou Lumenick, New York Post

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

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. full review

Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle

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

Tom Long, Detroit News

A throwback to silent movie clowns. full review

Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press

Somewhere, Jacques Tati is smiling. full review

Ty Burr, Boston Globe

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. full review

Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer
full review by David Fear, Time Out
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  • Release Year: 2007
  • MPAA Rating: G
  • Runtime: 90 min
  • Available From: Apr 16, 2013
  • Queued by: 776 people
Directed By
Steve Bendelack
Cast
Rowan Atkinson, Emma de Caunes, Max Baldry, Willem Dafoe, Jean Rochefort, Karel Roden, Steve Pemberton, Clint Dyer
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