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The Bookshop Reviews

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March 3, 2020
The ever-winsome Emily Mortimer glows as a struggling widow who opens a bookstore in her insular coastal town.
January 7, 2020
The Spanish director, Isabel Coixet, doesn't let the movie go cutesy; she gives it a lowering, sober atmosphere. And the actors give it bite.
August 6, 2019
Filmed with an almost British delicacy, Isabel Coixet gets her final argument in favor of reading and all its benefits for the soul. [Full Review in Spanish]
July 24, 2019
Movies that come to the big screen that are not about folks in tights fighting to save the world are few and far between. The Bookshop is one, and the main character is, in her way, as much a heroine as any in the DC or Marvel oeuvre.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 22, 2019
Everything is low-key and emotionally restrained but the director crafts a brilliant and powerful film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 2, 2019
By the destination's end, we have welcomed the journey that is The Bookshop.
February 11, 2019
Charming and inconsequential, The Bookshop perfectly evokes the sensation of losing yourself in a good book.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 18, 2019
You know every beat before you press play - but that's perfectly okay.
November 14, 2018
A conventional but not entirely disposable woman-film. [Full review in Spanish]
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 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 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 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 2, 2018
Thanks to the expert craft contributions and the delicious turns by Mortimer and Nighy, Coixet's 'Bookshop,' while not as sharp as it might have been, is still worth a visit.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 1, 2018
So little happens, you could probably solve a crossword while watching it; that's how little attention need be paid. But there's something about Emily Mortimer's lovely understated portrayal of Florence that's the equivalent of comfort food.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 1, 2018
Nighy has never given a more moving performance, and few others have. There is a melting tenderness in his longing to be at ease with others, and his inability to recover that lost art
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 31, 2018
If you like British period drama, this may hit the spot, but it's an extraordinarily slow, low-key story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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