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Johnny English Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Robert K. Elder

    An old-fashioned comedy. And in this case, "old-fashioned" means tired, out of date and so abominably blah that you'll fall asleep in your popcorn.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The jokes often are corny or labored, and the story is predictable. However, Atkinson raises the movie to the level of good fun by the force of his outrageous persona and skill at physical comedy.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The hilarious Malkovich, coiffed in an artful pageboy and savoring a fruity French accent, would overpower the competition on sheer thespian madness.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal

    The movie is, at times, funny enough to make you cry, and, when it's not, it moves nicely as a parody.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 8+

Fine (if pretty dumb) British slapstick for tweens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there are a few strong words ("ass") and some bathroom jokes in this slapstick comedy. Some spy adventure peril including guns, but no blood or intense violence. Kids not familiar with the long-term French-English political and cultural clashes may be confused by the animosity between the French and English characters.

  • Families can talk about how comedy can diffuse violence. How owuld this movie's violence have affected you differently if it wasn't portrayed humorously?
  • What kind of character is Johnny English? Is he a hero?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true0

    Educational value: Intended to entertain, not educate.

  • message true0

    Messages: Vague messages about good vs. evil, but all played for laughs. Some potty humor.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: The main character is a bumbling fool whose intentions might be in the right place, but he's such a fool that he's certainly no role model.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence and scariness: Comic peril including shooting and fighting, no one hurt.

  • sex false2

    Sexy stuff: A bare bottom meant for laughs; mild sexual references.

  • language false2

    Language: Some potty talk and a few instances of "ass."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some social drinking.