The Bookshop Reviews

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
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
For a movie that is about a collection of oddballs, it can sometimes feel rather generic. But at its core, the film is not a comedy at all. The eccentricities issue from real adversity.
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.
August 30, 2018
"The Bookshop" isn't an especially good film, but there's no shortage of good in it.
August 29, 2018
It's a strange film: small, sad (without being tragic) and yet sweet without being syrupy.
August 24, 2018
I don't know how anyone thought this was still relevant now, because it's such an obvious idea.
August 24, 2018
A particular letdown for fans of period British drama.
Top Critic
August 23, 2018
Coixet has a lyrical sense of place, and she has made a charming, well-acted adaptation that ably conjures visual pleasure out of the written word...
August 23, 2018
Despite its flaws, the film possesses such a clear passion and advocacy for writing, knowledge and personal expression that it emerges as a largely worthy and poignant accomplishment...
August 23, 2018
As cleanly appointed and precise as Penelope Fitzgerald's prose, "The Bookshop," based on Fitzgerald's 1978 novel, seems very much a fable.
August 23, 2018
Ms. Coixet highlights the undertow of subtle savagery in her genteel material, giving its picturesque setting - an English coastal village in 1959 - a more sinister, cynical cast.
August 20, 2018
Sometimes nice to be reminded of violence of the papercut variety, that some troubles can be worked through without an ass-kicking.
June 29, 2018
It's memorable for its subtle unconventionality - sad without being a weepy, touching without being a romance.
June 29, 2018
It is a strange, subdued, rather miserable film, interestingly perceptive on conformism and philistinism as a way of life, and on the disconcerting wiles the inhabitants use in order to thwart Florence's entirely reasonable plans.
June 1, 2018
[Isabel] Coixet has no trouble with her theme, which is centred on the power of ideas and the books that contain them.
February 16, 2018
It doesn't help that the film is pulverised by wall-to-wall narration.
Top Critic
February 16, 2018
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.
November 20, 2017
Its subversive undercurrent, embodied in fine performances by Emily Mortimer and Bill Nighy, is what makes it really interesting.