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  • 75
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    Some of the middle section of Bean sags, but most of the film zips along with a series of comic setups, played like skits, that emphasize Bean's klutziness, his feeble mentality, his childlike, me-too urges. show more

  • 25
    Susan Wloszczyna USA Today

    At a certain point, Bean goes beyond awful to surreally awful, like the rug Burt Reynolds sports in a cameo. The last-ditch plunge into pathos does nothing to redeem the feeling. Let's hope no sequel is in the offing. The only thing worse than Bean would be a hill of Beans. [07Nov1997 Pg08.D] show more

  • 50
    New York Daily News

    Nevertheless, Bean has been a huge hit in Europe, where it opened last summer, and it may contain enough laughs to work here. Well enough, one hopes, to produce a funnier, sharper, better crafted "Bean 2." [07Nov1997 Pg.63] show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    But there's no denying the movie's frequent hilarity, abetted by Mel Smith's superbly laid-back directing and on-target performances by an excellent supporting cast. show more

  • 75
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    To enumerate exactly how Bean messes up would be to expose the silliness of this movie, and since Bean's humor is terribly silly, rather, wonderfully silly, there isn't much point in going into detail. show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    There are many moments here that are very funny, but the film as a whole is a bit too long. show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    While Bean branches out from the format developed for the television series, it remains faithful to the concepts and constructs that led to its success. show more

  • 50
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Bean falls well short of a work of genius. Indeed, the unbearable slightness of Bean feels like nothing so much as a betrayal of the television series on which it is based. show more

  • 30
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Depending on your taste, either much hilarity or a tedious barrage of tasteless, juvenile pranking ensues. Trust your instincts. show more

  • 40
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    There are only so many pratfalls you can string together sans storyline and keep a ball like this rolling, and unfortunately, too many of Bean's schticks were old news by the time they first aired on PBS. show more

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