Bean (1997)

One of Britain's most popular, comical television characters, the taciturn, child-like, clumsy, conniving and ever ingenious Mr. Bean (Rowan "Black Adder" Atkinson) makes his big-screen debut in this riotous slapstick comedy.… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: November 7, 1997
DVD Release Date: March 31, 1998
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Critic Score: 44% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Bean boasts a terrifically talented physical comedian in the title role, but his constant mugging and silly slapstick quickly wear thin.

Brandon Judell

How many English language films can say, "To hell with America!"? Very few. Basically only "Bean", which has already racked up over $100 million before the picture has even unspooled in one New Jersey mall.

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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

Rowan Atkinson's recalcitrant TV character is the hub of this 1997 feature that will disappoint fans and nonfans alike.

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Rob Nelson
Boston Phoenix

Atkinson's reactive brand of bug-eyed and near-silent comedy has always been more akin to Jacques Tati--plus a lecherous pinch of Jerry Lewis, the better to invade the viewer's personal space.

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Mike Clark
USA Today

We'll forgive England for the Spice Girls. Maybe even Benny Hill, Joan Collins, Boy George, Fergie and that habit of pouring milk in tea. But with Bean's arrival, it might mean war.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

At an hour, Bean would have been nonstop laughs. Then they added 30 minutes of stops.

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Michael Dequina

Atkinson is able to hit the comic jackpot through grunts, gestures, body movements, and, most of all, facial expressions.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Slapstick, but gross-out humor.

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Mike Massie
Gone With The Twins

Atkinson isn't afraid to use a few of his best skits from the original show in this theatrical venture, but he adds enough new elements to be thoroughly fresh.

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Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

Atkinson's genius at portraying a pesky, childish adult is reminiscent of the great comic stars of silent movies, Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
Bean, is a poor attempt to bring the famous Atkinson's character to the big screen and that waste the talent of Rowan in a stupid movie with a weak… More
Aj V
I loved the Bean TV show, but stretching that out into a whole movie turns out unfunny and really annoying. There are a few good scenes, but overall it's… More
Alex roy
Mr. Bean's big screen debut is a pretty good comedy that has it flaws, but manages to be funny, good and above all a good attempt at bringing the dimwitted… More
Tyler Kirk
Oh, do I feel nasty for giving a seemingly "bad" movie a good review. Well, we all tend to have those moments, I guess. The Ultimate Disaster Movie… More
Directors Cat
[img][/img] The decision to make a cliched, over used typically "American" plotline… More
Kevin M. Williams
The misadventures of London's own lunatic boob in Los Angeles, mistaken as an art specialist. There some moments of fun.