Gosford Park Reviews

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Todd McCarthy
Variety
July 6, 2010
Taking advantage of a splendid cast, a sharply focused script and the fresh English setting, "Gosford Park" emerges as one of the most satisfying of Robert Altman's numerous ensemble pictures.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
October 15, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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David Ansen
Newsweek
September 29, 2008
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Tom Charity
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Altman's unexpected venture into Agatha Christie territory works a treat.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
A scintillating comedy-drama and one of [Altman's] most richly moving and entertaining pictures.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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March 22, 2002
Is there anyone but Altman who could have pulled off such an effervescent mix of satire, affection, and devastating rebuke? And attracted such an ensemble? And let everyone work at this high level?
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 22, 2002
Altman is a supreme artist-joker, and the jest this time is that the most American of film directors has given us a finely wrought British whodunit with the emotional layering of a first-rate novel.
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
January 11, 2002
A sweet tune, airy but not quite gay, and it carries a sardonic edge.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 11, 2002
Disappointing is too soft a choice of words.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 11, 2002
The venerated American director's best film since Short Cuts.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
January 10, 2002
Altman is one of the few contemporary directors who consistently showcases excellent women's roles, and he's rewarded with a symphony of strong performances.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
January 10, 2002
Every detail rings true; every performance, even the briefest, is a gem.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 10, 2002
A succulent and devious drawing-room mystery that, in its panoramic way, takes a puckish pleasure in scrambling and reshuffling the worlds of upstairs and downstairs.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
January 10, 2002
Everybody's so good in this!
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
January 8, 2002
So craftily made that it can't help pleasing.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
January 4, 2002
All in all, Gosford Park has nothing nice to say about anybody, and I like that in a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 4, 2002
For the first time in his lengthy career, the director's gone all British -- and, once again, it looks smooth as silk.
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
January 4, 2002
Robert Altman and a ridiculously talented group of English actors have crafted an upstairs-downstairs comedy of true originality -- a British costume film that's funny but not at all fusty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
January 4, 2002
This is an exemplary exercise in Anglophilia.
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January 4, 2002
Altman is once again back in top form.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 4, 2002
The kind of generous, sardonic, deeply layered movie that Altman has made his own.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 4, 2002
One could go on and on, cataloging the pleasures that pour forth from the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 3, 2002
A tongue-in-cheek hybrid of many things.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 3, 2002
Enormously entertaining murder mystery.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
January 3, 2002
Altman seems to be having a good time running his spectacular cast through its paces, and you will, too.
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Joel Siegel
ABCNEWS.COM
December 27, 2001
One of Robert Altman's best which is another way of saying 'one of film's best.' And at least eight reasons Oscar needs an ensemble acting category.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
December 26, 2001
Ranks among Robert Altman's best work ever.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
December 26, 2001
It's been nearly 10 years since an Altman film has been as consistently entertaining as this one is.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
December 26, 2001
Despite its little twists and departures from the norm, Gosford Park is basically a crowd-pleaser, a slight film with a fat ensemble all keen to entertain.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 26, 2001
A virtuoso ensemble piece to rival the director's Nashville and Short Cuts in its masterly interweaving of multiple characters and subplots.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 25, 2001
This isn't Academy Award material, but it's good enough to provide an enjoyable afternoon or evening, especially for those who love 1930s-era British drama and intrigue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
December 25, 2001
As with Altman's best movies, Gosford Park is above all an entrancing hum of atmosphere and texture.
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John Anderson
Newsday
December 25, 2001
Since this is the end of the year, when all unused superlatives expire like vacation time, let's call it the best assemblage of actors in any movie this, last, or next year.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
December 21, 2001
Abounds in scenes to savor. It's a feast, and one of Altman's best.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
December 19, 2001
Opulently designed, meticulously directed, cleverly written and wittily acted by a cast as polished as the floors.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
November 11, 2001
Altman's best film since The Player and one of the best in his long career.