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The Bookshop (2018)



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Critic Consensus: A rare adaptation that sticks too closely to its source material, The Bookshop's meticulously crafted world building gets lost in its meandering pace.

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England, 1959. Free-spirited widow Florence Green (Emily Mortimer) risks everything to open a bookshop in a conservative East Anglian coastal town. While bringing about a surprising cultural awakening through works by Ray Bradbury and Vladimir Nabokov, she earns the polite but ruthless opposition of a local grand dame (Patricia Clarkson) and the support and affection of a reclusive book loving widower (Bill Nighy). As Florence's obstacles amass and bear suspicious signs of a local power struggle, she is forced to ask: is there a place for a bookshop in a town that may not want one? Based on Penelope Fitzgerald's acclaimed novel and directed by Isabel Coixet (Learning to Drive), The Bookshop is an elegant yet incisive rendering of personal resolve, tested in the battle for the soul of a community.


Emily Mortimer
as Florence Green
Bill Nighy
as Mr. Brundish
Patricia Clarkson
as Mrs. Gamart

Critic Reviews for The Bookshop

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (2)

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.

February 16, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Its subversive undercurrent, embodied in fine performances by Emily Mortimer and Bill Nighy, is what makes it really interesting.

November 20, 2017 | Full Review…

I'm not sure the story deserves to be told - the animosity towards the bookseller seems too petty to be worthy of drama.

July 2, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Mortimer is wasted, Bill Nighy dreadful and Patricia Clarkson all at sea.

July 2, 2018 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Following hard on the lamentable Book Club, here's another film that appears not to know what to do with the landscape of the printed word.

July 1, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It's memorable for its subtle unconventionality - sad without being a weepy, touching without being a romance.

June 29, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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