Downton Abbey Reviews

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December 9, 2019
This is one piece of heritage that's better forgotten.
November 16, 2019
This is all very pleasant stuff. It's warm and well-intended and sometimes even sweet. But, it's rarely very good and often very thoughtless.
October 27, 2019
Just as "Downton" fawns over the genteel noblese of its ruling class, the downstairs machinations are also posited as jolly good fun.
October 25, 2019
What, you may ask, distinguishes "Downton Abbey" on the big screen from its smaller kin? Well, the movie is twice as long...
October 21, 2019
As Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery and the rest of the cast of the hit show return, it leaves us asking if the charm of the English life in the face of unfair class divide was always wholesome entertainment.
October 4, 2019
This is just a bunch of highfalutin horse crap!
September 27, 2019
It offers the illusion of being good, mostly because a large portion of the cast has lived in these characters' heads for so long.
September 26, 2019
Director Michael Engler and writer Julian Fellowes have done extensive work on the series, yet they don't have much experience with movies, and it shows in the plodding pace and lack of character development.
September 26, 2019
Director Michael Engler deftly handles Julian Fellowes' script, and the pacing was rather brisk, yet the ups-and-downs in engaging storytelling and appealing characters leave much to be desired.
September 23, 2019
Its adoration of the One Percent and its refusal to look deeply into any single plot thread make it a little tedious and a little repetitive for any casual fans.
September 23, 2019
In a world of vulgar, populist leaders with funny hair, one can understand the appeal of this vision of an orderly, hierarchical society ruled over by civilised beings - but it feels like a sales pitch on behalf of traditions that now lie in ruins.
September 23, 2019
A pomp with less circumstance. [Full Review in Spanish]
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.
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