The Bookshop

The Bookshop

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The Bookshop

Emily Mortimer (The Party) stars in this small town drama as a woman who opens up a bookshop against stiff competition. For 1959 England, the move puts her in a politically prickly position. Written and directed by Isabel Coixet, co-starring Bill Nighy (Their Finest) and Patricia Clarkson (who led Coixet's Learning to Drive).

2017Rating: PG, Coarse language113 minsSpain, UK, Germany
Drama
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Flicks, Adam Fresco

Flicks, Adam Fresco

flicks

Sanish director Isabel Coixet (The Secret Life of Words and Learning to Drive) adapts Penelope Fitzgerald's novel with a great cast in a ho-hum film. It’s 1959 in the fictional English seaside town of Hardborough. Spirited widow Florence (a mischievous Emily Mortimer) turns a dilapidated old house into a bookshop. Despite the opposition of local shopkeepers, led by busy-body Mrs Gamart (brought to obnoxious life by Patricia Clarkson), the bookshop thrives.

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Variety

Variety

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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.

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The Times

The Times

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It doesn't help that the film is pulverised by wall-to-wall narration.

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

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Coixet's script is a long way off perfect, but it's the least of her problems; the second least is the film's dirge of a score, but even that's a bummer.

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Stuff

Stuff

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A fine advertisement for its namesake. Buy the book and stay home.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

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Ironically, given the subject, the script is stilted, with actors often stuck on pause and not even the silver-tongued Nighy able to coax more than a laugh or two from his lines.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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

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FilmInk

FilmInk

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Not to put too fine a point on it, but it does get you in, and has subtle strengths which are not initially apparent.

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Flicks, Adam Fresco

Flicks, Adam Fresco

flicks

Sanish director Isabel Coixet (The Secret Life of Words and Learning to Drive) adapts Penelope Fitzgerald's novel with a great cast in a ho-hum film. It’s 1959 in the fictional English seaside town of Hardborough. Spirited widow Florence (a mischievous Emily Mortimer) turns a dilapidated old house into a bookshop. Despite the opposition of local shopkeepers, led by busy-body Mrs Gamart (brought to obnoxious life by Patricia Clarkson), the bookshop thrives.

2.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

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.

0
The Times

The Times

press

It doesn't help that the film is pulverised by wall-to-wall narration.

1.0
0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

Coixet's script is a long way off perfect, but it's the least of her problems; the second least is the film's dirge of a score, but even that's a bummer.

2.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

A fine advertisement for its namesake. Buy the book and stay home.

2.0
0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Ironically, given the subject, the script is stilted, with actors often stuck on pause and not even the silver-tongued Nighy able to coax more than a laugh or two from his lines.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

Not to put too fine a point on it, but it does get you in, and has subtle strengths which are not initially apparent.

0