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The Bookshop Reviews

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January 18, 2019
You know every beat before you press play - but that's perfectly okay.
January 17, 2019
The Bookshop is a predictable bore that wastes many of its talents on lacklustre storytelling and emotionally stunted direction from Isabel Coixet.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
December 20, 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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 18, 2018
A simple and honest story. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 2, 2018
Isabel Coixet's The Bookshop is an example of the proverbial sledgehammer wrapped in velvet.
September 28, 2018
A reminder that not every novel needs to be a movie. In fact, most of them probably shouldn't.
September 21, 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 14, 2018
It mostly feels like somebody pedaling in place on a stationary bike who thinks they're on a bonafide journey.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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.
September 10, 2018
The Bookshop is a beautiful and quiet movie with long sequences of silence and stilted conversation.
September 7, 2018
Reading is treated as a commodity, namedropping literary titles as a way for middlebrow film audiences to feel proud of themselves for being in the know.
September 7, 2018
... more dry and stodgy than charming, only occasionally injecting life into its central themes of acceptance and gender politics.
September 6, 2018
Although it might be award-worthy in some circles, The Bookshop is a strangely generic and frustratingly paced story that never comes alive.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
September 5, 2018
The Bookshop is a movie that makes me want to read the book it's based on, though I can't quite recommend the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
September 4, 2018
But it's Mortimer's obstinate, headstrong, heartbroken Florence we care about, because she's the only one in town who possesses the inner life of a dedicated bookworm.
September 3, 2018
... standard PBS Masterpiece fare ... self-consciously arty and as studied as a John Constable pastoral come to life ... has small-town hypocrites in its sights but is too polite to pull the trigger
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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