The Bookshop Reviews

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January 23, 2020
Despite such a quality cast, however, The Bookshop will likely test the patience of those who require peppier pacing and more compelling drama, even in a well-meaning film set in a British seaside village in 1959.
January 7, 2020
The Spanish director, Isabel Coixet, doesn't let the movie go cutesy; she gives it a lowering, sober atmosphere. And the actors give it bite.
August 6, 2019
Filmed with an almost British delicacy, Isabel Coixet gets her final argument in favor of reading and all its benefits for the soul. [Full Review in Spanish]
July 24, 2019
Movies that come to the big screen that are not about folks in tights fighting to save the world are few and far between. The Bookshop is one, and the main character is, in her way, as much a heroine as any in the DC or Marvel oeuvre.
April 22, 2019
Everything is low-key and emotionally restrained but the director crafts a brilliant and powerful film.
April 3, 2019
By the destination's end, we have welcomed the journey that is The Bookshop.
February 20, 2019
It is so lifeless and uninvolving that it will inspire most viewers to reach for a book to pass the time while it's running.
February 11, 2019
Charming and inconsequential, The Bookshop perfectly evokes the sensation of losing yourself in a good book.
January 19, 2019
You know every beat before you press play - but that's perfectly okay.
January 18, 2019
The Bookshop is a predictable bore that wastes many of its talents on lacklustre storytelling and emotionally stunted direction from Isabel Coixet.
December 21, 2018
A bit disappointed. This isn't exactly a page-turner...deeply feminist, though...
November 14, 2018
A conventional but not entirely disposable woman-film. [Full review in Spanish]
October 18, 2018
A simple and honest story. [Full Review in Spanish]
October 2, 2018
Isabel Coixet's The Bookshop is an example of the proverbial sledgehammer wrapped in velvet.
September 29, 2018
A reminder that not every novel needs to be a movie. In fact, most of them probably shouldn't.
September 22, 2018
The Bookshop shows that while literature can be a ray of sunshine in our dull lives, perhaps it would have been better if this one remained off-screen.
September 20, 2018
Writer-director Isabel Coixet paces her tale with subdued dignity that borders at times on a dogged plod, but which makes it all the more effective in those rare moments when somebody finds it necessary to raise their voice.
September 14, 2018
The book doesn't translate well onscreen. Its unnecessary narration squeezes the life out of its actors, leaving them little to work with, and thus not making use of their talent.
September 14, 2018
It mostly feels like somebody pedaling in place on a stationary bike who thinks they're on a bonafide journey.
September 13, 2018
Helping with a needed shift to laidback receptivity are self-assured performances by Emily Mortimer as Florence Green, Patricia Clarkson as Violet Gamart and Bill Nighy as the reclusive Edmund Brundish.
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