Bumbling Bean (Rowan Atkinson) takes a holiday on the French Riviera and is mistaken for a kidnapper and an avante-garde filmmaker.
" A refreshingly blunt reminder of the simple roots of comedy in these grim, overly manufactured times. "
" A throwback to silent movie clowns. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Rowan Atkinson continues a tradition that in the right hands never gets stale: comic pantomime. "
" Somewhere, Jacques Tati is smiling. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" If you've never been particularly fond of Atkinson's brand of slapstick, you certainly won't be converted by this trifle. "
" 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. "
" The film, set mostly in France, pays homage to Jacques Tati, but the mostly silent gags feel like watered-down Bean. "
" The hilarious sting of the TV show is gone; only the rubber-faced shtick remains. "
" 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. "
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