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Mr. Bean's Holiday Review

Movies.com Critics

1.5

Dave White Profile

… not funny in a deadly kind of way. Read full review

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

  • 3.0
    56

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    If you've been lobotomized or have the mental age of a kindergartener, Mr. Bean's Holiday is viable comic entertainment.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Ruthlessly skilled as Atkinson is, the Bean persona of generic, maniacally grinning ineptitude owes most of its appeal to seeing just how far an actor can pull a face without pulling a muscle.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Ray Bennett

    Atkinson remains an expert clown, and there are sufficient numbers of gags to ensure that Bean fans worldwide will be kept fairly happy.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Atkinson's goofball grotesquerie never lets up -- right through to the inspired finale.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 6+

Slight, slapstick-heavy comedy will amuse kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that kids are sure to giggle at Mr. Bean's ridiculous mugging and all of this comic farce's falls, accidents, and treacherous near-misses. Although the movie doesn't have much dialogue (you don't really need it to keep up with Bean's broad humor), what little there is, is mostly in subtitled French (or Russian), which could be tricky for kids who aren't yet proficient readers. And a few moments could be scary (a faux military attack on a quiet village, for instance) if kids aren't good at distinguishing real from imaginary.

  • Families can talk about the differences between animated violence and cartoonish, live-action violence that features real people in dangerous situations. How do you know when something "violent" is meant to be funny and not scary or real? Why does Mr. Bean get in so much trouble? Does he mean to cause so much damage? How does he feel when he realizes what he's done?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Mr. Bean's intentions are always good, but his behavior is quite inappropriate at times (which is the whole joke behind the character): He displays bad manners, is inconsiderate of others, and generally causes trouble wherever he lands. He sometimes "borrows" things that don't belong to him, and he doesn't always give them back. In the end, the film has a nice (if not exactly trumpeted) message about helping people and doing the right thing.

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: Cartoonish, exaggerated slaps, falls, and pratfalls throughout. A suicidal man jumps off a bridge, but no physical injuries are shown on screen. A vicious dog with bared teeth appears suddenly (but briefly). A military attack on unsuspecting villagers is quickly revealed to be part of a movie production.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Mr. Bean has a very innocent crush on Sabine.

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: A Sony video camera plays a prominent role in the movie.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue

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