Downton Abbey Reviews

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September 21, 2019
Serves a fond nostalgia for the British monarchy in the same way that Gone With the Wind served the Old South.
September 20, 2019
Downton Abbey the film feels very much like an exercise in paycheck collection.
September 20, 2019
The movie edition of "Downton Abbey" is moderately entertaining - unless highly embroidered female costuming is your passion, which might send it into the stratosphere for you. Newcomers definitely need a scorecard to know who's who [.]
September 20, 2019
[Downton Abbey] feels like a singular, lengthy TV episode, only one that must present its myriad plot complications and enact their solutions in one contained vessel.
September 20, 2019
Nostalgic nonsense of the most shameless kind, a gushing mash note to the British upper class.
September 20, 2019
A soufflé is a light and airy confection of unvaryingly smooth consistency, and so is director Michael Engler's movie...everything whipped into a perfect, bland uniformity.
Top Critic
September 19, 2019
Everything about the film has been finely tailored to deliver precisely what the series did, albeit in a form both more condensed and more diffuse.
September 19, 2019
Like the show, the movie is beautiful, because Highclere Castle is beautiful... But the plot boils down to the same plot that Downton has always had: a fight for stasis and the preservation of "a way of life," as much as possible.
September 19, 2019
Too many subplots are shoehorned into this movie when each deserved its special, unhurried pacing in the TV episodes.
September 18, 2019
Forgive me for suggesting that Conservative peer Fellowes--or, as he's sometimes known, Julian Alexander Kitchener-Fellowes, Baron Fellowes of West Stafford DL--might consider Downton the cake he's letting us eat.
September 18, 2019
Downton no longer feels like a window into a bygone world from which we've progressed, but a regressive longing for a simpler time when people knew their place and never asked for more.
September 17, 2019
It's not a disgrace compared to the series, but it doesn't empower the television version or add anything to it. It's superfluous.
September 16, 2019
A wallow in the lavish living and moral certainties of Downton's shiny imagined past, Fellowes and Engler's film creates a vision of a politically and socially secure Great Britain that has rarely seemed further out of reach.
September 16, 2019
It is in the end a reassurance machine, showing us that a clear-cut class system can only be even more treasured by those at the bottom than those at the top.
September 16, 2019
Indeed, kinks are ironed out so quickly that a cynic might suggest this script was originally planned for TV, around its ad breaks.
September 14, 2019
Welcome to Downton Abbey: The Movie, or 10 b-stories hung on an event.
September 12, 2019
It's critic-proof and the fans will race to see it even though it is, in truth, extremely predictable as well as extremely dull.
September 12, 2019
You half expect the twist of the film to be that these aren't early-20th century aristocrats at all, but a group of former thespians convinced they are starring in a period drama when in fact they're in a nursing home for the tragically bewildered.
September 12, 2019
An unnecessary film that doesn't live up to the landmark series.
September 12, 2019
Downton Abbey is let down, not only by its flimsy premise and equally preposterous storyline, but it also fails to challenge the status quo or move the conversation beyond its blind loyalty to king and country.
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