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Hippopotamus, The (15)


Disgraced poet Ted Wallace is summoned to his friend's country manor to investigate a series of unexplained miracles.
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The critical consensus

Lacking the zeal and comic energy that the material requires, The Hippopotamus feels like a soufflé that has failed to rise, leaving a film that can only be recommended to diehard Allam devotees.

**(*)(*)(*)Allan Hunter, The List, 22/05/2017

If you like Roger Allam, then you might look kindly upon The Hippopotamus. He is easily the best thing in this heavy-handed adaptation of Stephen Fry’s 1994 novel.

**(*)(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 26/05/2017

Despite a wonderfully witty voiceover and the bullish playing of a willing ensemble, this bawdy romp consistently stumbles over its more contrived excesses.

**(*)(*)(*)David Parkinson, Empire Online, 30/05/2017

This patchy but lively adaptation of Stephen Fry’s novel is notable for the wonderfully sardonic and world-weary performance from Roger Allam as the film’s anti-hero, Ted Wallace.

**(*)(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 31/05/2017

Roger Allam’s admirable range of profanities apart, this story of miraculous events at an English country house stretches credibility and patience.

***(*)(*)Wendy Ide, The Observer, 04/06/2017

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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