Johnny English

  • Johnny English
  • Rowan Atkinson, John Malkovich, Natalie Imbruglia, Ben Miller, Douglas McFerran
  • Directed by Peter Howitt

It's no crime being outdated, but it's also no reason to see a movie. Brit clown Rowan Atkinson gets a few laughs, precious few, as a bumbing secret agent out to stop a villain (John Malkovich, using a cheesy French accent) in an evil plot to dethrone the queen. But Mike Myers has worked this material to death. Aussie singer Natalie Imbruglia gets to play the babe, nothing more, but she does that brightly. The rest of the movie is a dim bulb.

From The Archives Issue 353: October 1, 1981

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