The Bookshop Reviews

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November 9, 2020
The Bookshop isn't a waste of time, but I couldn't tell you to drop $12 on this flick in a theater, unless you wanted a good-looking sleeping aid to take hold of you for a couple hours.
July 25, 2020
The Bookshop is a pleasant film littered with stretches of what feel like interminable fluff.
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.
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.
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...
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 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 8, 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 7, 2018
Although it might be award-worthy in some circles, The Bookshop is a strangely generic and frustratingly paced story that never comes alive.
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.
September 4, 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
August 31, 2018
An uneasy mix.
August 31, 2018
Hang a CLOSED sign in the window: it's another film with a strong female character that's cushioned in the safety and comfort of the recent past.
August 31, 2018
The very structure of the tale seems incomplete, relying on a didactic narration that hints at a better story that should have been pursued in greater depth.
August 31, 2018
[A] staid drama that seems to have repressed its own thoughts and feelings.
August 30, 2018
No film that stars Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, and Patricia Clarkson could be counted as unwatchable, but this one has to go down as a dreary disappointment.
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