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The Bookshop Reviews

September 5, 2018
The Bookshop is a gentle, quiet film in which not a whole lot happens... But it's beautifully evocative of the musty, inviting smell of a bookshop on a cool day, or of the nostalgic pleasure of old photographs
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 31, 2018
Hang a CLOSED sign in the window: it's another film with a strong female character that's cushioned in the safety and comfort of the recent past.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
August 31, 2018
For a movie that is about a collection of oddballs, it can sometimes feel rather generic. But at its core, the film is not a comedy at all. The eccentricities issue from real adversity.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 29, 2018
"The Bookshop" isn't an especially good film, but there's no shortage of good in it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 29, 2018
It's a strange film: small, sad (without being tragic) and yet sweet without being syrupy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 24, 2018
I don't know how anyone thought this was still relevant now, because it's such an obvious idea.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.8/10
August 24, 2018
A particular letdown for fans of period British drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
August 23, 2018
Coixet has a lyrical sense of place, and she has made a charming, well-acted adaptation that ably conjures visual pleasure out of the written word...
August 23, 2018
Despite its flaws, the film possesses such a clear passion and advocacy for writing, knowledge and personal expression that it emerges as a largely worthy and poignant accomplishment...
August 23, 2018
As cleanly appointed and precise as Penelope Fitzgerald's prose, "The Bookshop," based on Fitzgerald's 1978 novel, seems very much a fable.
August 23, 2018
Ms. Coixet highlights the undertow of subtle savagery in her genteel material, giving its picturesque setting - an English coastal village in 1959 - a more sinister, cynical cast.
August 20, 2018
Sometimes nice to be reminded of violence of the papercut variety, that some troubles can be worked through without an ass-kicking.
Top Critic
February 16, 2018
A fine, sensitive leading turn from Emily Mortimer helps shore up these quiet, lightly dust-covered proceedings, but can't quite put "The Bookshop" in the black.
November 20, 2017
Its subversive undercurrent, embodied in fine performances by Emily Mortimer and Bill Nighy, is what makes it really interesting.