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The Bookshop (2018)



Critic Consensus: A rare adaptation that sticks too closely to its source material, The Bookshop's meticulously crafted world building gets lost in its meandering pace.

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England, 1959. Free-spirited widow Florence Green (Emily Mortimer) risks everything to open a bookshop in a conservative East Anglian coastal town. While bringing about a surprising cultural awakening through works by Ray Bradbury and Vladimir Nabokov, she earns the polite but ruthless opposition of a local grand dame (Patricia Clarkson) and the support and affection of a reclusive book loving widower (Bill Nighy). As Florence's obstacles amass and bear suspicious signs of a local power struggle, she is forced to ask: is there a place for a bookshop in a town that may not want one? Based on Penelope Fitzgerald's acclaimed novel and directed by Isabel Coixet (Learning to Drive), The Bookshop is an elegant yet incisive rendering of personal resolve, tested in the battle for the soul of a community.

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Emily Mortimer
as Florence Green
Bill Nighy
as Mr. Brundish
Honor Kneafsey
as Christine
James Lance
as Milo North
Patricia Clarkson
as Mrs. Violet Gamart
Jorge Suquet
as Mr. Thornton
Hunter Tremayne
as Mr. Keble
Gary Piquer
as Mr. Gill
Lucy Tillett
as Mrs. Gipping
Lana O'Kell
as Ivy Welford
Nigel O'Neill
as Mr. Deben
Toby Gibson
as Peter Gipping
Mary O'Driscoll
as Mrs. Keble
Karen Ardiff
as Mrs. Deben
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Critic Reviews for The Bookshop

All Critics (105) | Top Critics (22)

The ever-winsome Emily Mortimer glows as a struggling widow who opens a bookstore in her insular coastal town.

March 3, 2020 | Full Review…

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

September 5, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

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 31, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

"The Bookshop" isn't an especially good film, but there's no shortage of good in it.

August 29, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It's a strange film: small, sad (without being tragic) and yet sweet without being syrupy.

August 29, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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