Gosford Park (2001) - Comedy, Drama, Mystery

Hohum Score

100

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The lives of upstairs guests and downstairs servants at a party in 1932 in a country house in England as they investigate a murder involving one of them.

IMDB: 7.2
Director: Robert Altman
Stars: Maggie Smith, Ryan Phillippe
Length: 131 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 231 out of 654 found boring (35.32%)

One-line Reviews (662)

Each person in the film has a determined character, but in general one can conclude that the life of aristocracy is empty in its content, it is also unproductive.

The promised "murder" seemed forever in coming, and the only "mystery" is how this agonizingly dull drama rates a high score at the IMdB.

This has to be one of the most confusing movies I've ever seen.

Altman portrays only misery and empty lives everywhere.

You might want to do a Moticum of Research on this one before you Attempt, because it does Require Patience, and Curiosity of the Time-Space to be Entertaining.

The main plot faithfully follows the English `whodunit' paradigm---a weekend at an isolated ancient family manse, an assembly of friends and relatives all of whom are relatively unfriendly, unexpected guests of uncertain pedigree, back-stair shadows and whispers, a moment when the likely suspects have all vanished, a murder, the appearance of a detective, a passing comment recognized as critical by a great mind, and, finally, a solution to the mystery.

This film started out as slow as a three wheeled Cart, dragging like a tilted wagon.

The definition of boring .

Congrats, however, to amazing art direction (both the costume and sets) which painstakingly recreates an eerie 1930s atmosphere which would have provided a tremendous setting for a more entertaining tale of corruption and deceit.

In fact, I will be forced to muddle through this film a second time (should I even waste my time?

Though beautifully filmed, the sly satire is not very effective because you feel completely lost in the confusion of so many characters you don't have time to know.

Sadly Predictable and Easy to Solve .

With a boring, cliched plot and snore-worthy dialogue, I had a hard time keeping awake during this one.

But their lives are still about as boring and not much funnier than mine.

If you were to see this as your first Altman film, good job, because this film is simply stunning and amazing.

Michael Bay and even Spielberg have predictable cuts with some rhyme.

But about twenty-five minutes in, it picks up significantly and the rest is hugely entertaining stuff.

This is basically supposed to be a mystery/thriller, and it could've been much more intriguing.

And yet this attitude toward servants as "lesser" people has a profound impact on the quite unexpected ending of the film.

Robert Altman's film "Gosford Park" is indicative of the period it portrays: overrated, cliched, repetitive, and unexciting.

The movie reveals the murderer's identity so easily that such a long and tedious movie seems superfluous.

He is dull, not very careful with what he touches and amusingly overlooks obvious clues.

Yes, it's slow.

"Oh, were is my jewellry" is the most exciting thing in the first half.

The mosaic of how all these characters interact is quite fascinating, and provides for some hilarious moments of wit and snide remarks.

This is a scintillating comedy-drama and one of Altman's most richly moving and entertaining pictures as contents and style converge smoothly and seductively in this luxuriant period drama that applies Agatha Christie murder-mystery format to a rigorous anatomy of British class structure in the 1930s, with all the who's who in U.

The movie is way too long, with too many characters.

Waste of Time!.

The main plot and many sub-plots appear slow to most uninitiated people, but to those who understand the British class system and its demise will find this a truly gripping and amusing film.

After all, there is a certain degree of patience one can bare when staring helplessly at yawn-inducing characters talking about ever so boring issues.

Complete Bore .

boring and slow.

Thankyou Mr Altman - and all your team - for making this truly enjoyable piece.

Plot: boring and obvious.

As someone who has enjoyed both Carter's Grove in Colonial Williambsurg, VA and the Builtmore Estate in Ashville, NC it was very exciting to see such places in full operation.

With the assistance of a collaboration with Bob Balaban, an exceptional screenplay by Julian Fellowes, a cast of Britain's finest, and charmingly dreary sets and cinematography, Robert Altman returns to prime form in Gosford Park.

Hard to believe Mr Altman wanted his name anywhere near this dull tripe.

The dialogue was hard to follow, partly because of the British accents and poor sound work.

This truly was an intelligent, entertaining movie.

What I saw was a long, drawn-out pseudo-mystery.

Evocative, intelligent and atmospheric .

The upstairs-downstairs dynamic was intriguing.

The plot does ramble as Altman movie does but it's the endless supply of characters that make it compelling.

Appropriate slow moving?

Zzzzz .

This may be why the film seems so slow to many viewers that are used to the fast pacing and deliberate plotting of a modern Hollywood movie.

I'm old enough to have enjoyed it .

This was quite possibly the most boring movie i have seen in a long time.

Throughout the film I desperately tried to stay awake in the hope that something would happen, ultimately disappointing.

If you are in the mood for a dinner and murder movie, find and rent a copy of "Murder By Death" you will find it far more entertaining.

First try the girlfriend and I both fall asleep.

I found myself wondering about halfway through, "Can the '30s British uppercrust have been quite this vacuous, stupid, and boring?

A mans hope in creating a wonderful movie but fell very short because of the lack of plot.

However, the casting seems only to serve in drawing in audiences to a movie that might otherwise be overlooked as another stodgy British film.

It took me a little while to understand what was going on and ages to realise that Sir William had a daughter it got kind of lost in confusion, the only saving grace for me was Maggie Smith.

Take out the pretentious overdone high society British schtick, add some coherence and satisfying twists and Gosford might have been deserving of whatever praise it is receiving.

It is far from a simple story - but if you give it some attention you will be invited into a world of elegance, thrilling intersections, and personal stories.

If you want to see something deep and compelling, and keeps you interested, I suggest you buy a ticket for "In the Bedroom.

And while their lives seem to be slightly more intriguing than those that they serve, I still wasn't swayed.

The academy award nominee Emily Watson keeps amazing me as always as well as Maggie Smith who delivers a riveting performance as the old upper-class woman.

Altman makes a stunning comeback in this whodunit set in an English country house in 1932.

The reason that everyone is saying that this movie was slow and boring and not a murder mystery is because of the advertising.

As intriguing as the story is up to that point, it gets even more mysterious on the way to revealing the real participants in the crime and their relationship to each other.

All of these factors come together to create a splendid, thoroughly enjoyable moment.

I also found the conversation to be dull and nothing important not repeated at least 2 or 3 times...

If you suffer from insomnia this might be a good cure.

Don't waste your money .

Please somebody make an original, exciting British film!

but far to be predictable for the wise science of portrait of different characters, for the atmosphere who represents almost a puzzle of subtle details, for the links between different interests, for the touching story, for the exploration of the flavor and roots and masks of a century.

Mysterious, but predictable .

A lovely, clever and subtle period piece; if you can slow down to its pace ...

I must say I am always amazed when I here the word "boring" when a movie has moments that are slow.

If a movie has no story, it will be incomprehensible.

Tried watching three times - fell asleep every time.

The obvious model for this film is Jean Renoir's classic THE RULES OF THE GAME, a similarly themed film, rich with colorful characters, intriguing plot twists and a general air of orchestrated chaos.

What it is a bloated, wordy, mess of a movie that's way too long and has way too many characters (typical of a Robert Altman movie.

Quick cure for insomnia.

It's a shame that movies like this are refered to as boring and stiff.

It was not funny, I was bored to death with the rich, British daily weekend life and it wasn't that mysterious!

What a waste of time and talent.

For roughly the first two thirds of this movie, I found it slow.

Even more enjoyable at second viewing, 4 years later .

If you like staring at oil paintings and well - watching paint dry - you might actually like this.

Hearing details about how the upper classes of England try to be as rude as possible within the limits of the rules of etiquette is fascinating.

The only innovative thing here is the positioning of the camera; the movie presents a series of continuously moving middle shots, which is a nice idea, but ultimately as boring as the storyline.

While everyone gets their fare share in the film, the one who steals the show is Maggie Smith as Lady Constance Threntham, an old, wise cracking woman who's out to get her respectable allowance from Sir William McCordle (Another stunning performance from Michael Gambon).

Good story drawn out waaaaay too long.

The only negative thing I'd have to say about the story overall is that most of the plot dragged in certain places and was a bit slow-paced.

2 1/2 hours of Boredom with a poor ending.

My favourite was the suggestion that a morality tale playing on the class divide was a pointless exercise in modern society.

It just seemed totally flat to me-more boring than real life.

Removing 50% of the cast, would have made for a much more enjoyable movie, complete with a lot more depth.

I am sorry I really didn't enjoy it, it was so drawn out and confusing it did not keep my attention, and when Sir William was killed i thought oh goody something has happened.

By this point, having given this crap-pile many, many chances, finding only dull diolougue and nothing of a story to go upon, I didn't care about the stupid movie anymore.

Even the tiresome American character/s (is Ryan Phillippe playing an American -- or anyone -- in Act II?

3) Very predictable.

The movie was so boring I didn't even care what happened by the end.

To make sense of these shallow and uninteresting people he gives us a hackneyed and pointless murder mystery plot, which even Agatha Christie would have disowned.

Cliché riddled and dull .

Being old enough and having in my youth met many of the sort of people portrayed in the film I enjoyed it.

Film is so boring, sooooooo.

With an extremely large cast the film becomes confusing with so many fleeting glances of characters popping in and out of rooms, peering around endless corridors and doorways, snippets of conversational gossip....

Just another self indulgent exercise by an "actor's director".

We may be aware of the basic cinematographic and literary device of retarding the flow of events, but exceeding the limits of that technique is bound to bring about sheer boredom.

It was great on style, cinematography and even acting, but there was simply no plot, no flow, no arc.

A few of Altman's mighty cast, such as Maggie Smith and Jeremy Northram, manage to infuse their roles with a bit of color, but most just seem bored.

While the movie is a typical Altman ensemble piece, some performers stand out, most notably Maggie Smith, whose arrogant and intelligent grand dame is the most entertaining character of the bunch.

I was fortunate enough to see the preview of this fine Altman film and I enjoyed it very much.

His genius was to weave the intricate strands of the story into a coherent and gripping mosaic of people and their environment, combining humor with human tragedy.

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...

Some are just bored to tears.

Indeed, this could have been a really horrible movie, a bore, a confusing morass.

For a murder mystery thriller, GosFord Park is paced unusually slow, and rather than showing the audience anything for character development, the film instead decides to give it all to us via dialogue.

The movie didn't make me care for any of the characters, want to learn more about them and what motivates them, or give any further attention to their boring tea parties, hunting trips or twisted relations with their butlers and maids.

I wanted to fall asleep.

For the first two hours, thus, we are treated to the most intriguing social study, since we are given the gift of multiple characters of astonishing substance (considering that other directors cannot even develop their leads beyond the one-dimensional) and a double view from both the gentry upstairs, and (mostly, and more insightfully) the servants, downstairs.

But he's completely ignorant, hence the references to formulaic Charlie Chan.

But where I was expecting a thrilling story, I got to see a slowly moving painting which didn't show much interesting.

Boring .

And though the confusion is present throughout the film, the story is such an interesting one I'm glad I gave it a chance and saw it through.

To sum up : An ethnological portray of a bunch of aristocrats & their servants, served by an original but boring storytelling.

T" and "Ready to Wear," I suppose a tepid, boring, underdeveloped, mediocre film like "Gosford Park" is a step up for Robert Altman.

Good actors, good idea for a movie, the movie LOOKED good, but it was just plain dull.

Slow, boring, talky, confusing, impossible to hear the dialog, stupid plot resolution, etc.....

it's very slow and plodding, and reminded me of British films of the past that crawled along at a snail's pace.

Maybe I missed something while I was trying to stay awake.

Although it did take me a few viewings to get everything, (thank you subtitles) I must it was definatly an entertaining movie.

This movie desperately needs a fast forward button to get through the slow bits.

When one of the aristocrats realizes that eavesdropping is occurring, the reaction is rather unexpected, "Don't worry, it's nobody.

Its not a mystery, at least in the traditional sense, and while it is frustrating to keep track of all the characters, it is a good character study, and fairly entertaining, with an ending which I feel is worth the wait.

It is fairly predictable with obvious hints dropped at every turn as to who did it and why.

But here, one must congratulate Altman for corralling so much talent and funneling it into something genuinely entertaining and, at times, even absorbing.

I ask this because I saw this film last Wednesday, five days before the Golden Globes were awarded and when I walked out I was aghast at how lame of a film this was, how truly boring the film really is.

Just bored me.

It's like watching a stage play--a very boring one.

Some viewers will find it frustrating that it takes so long to get to the point where the mystery kicks in but I actually found this to be the weaker aspect of the film and the most enjoyable parts were the well written characters and dialogue, which deservedly won Fellowes his Oscar.

This movie will be a severe disappointment if you are looking for an engaging murder mystery.

An 'Upstairs, Downstairs' reworking on the back of a pointless murder mystery, Gosford is as over-blown as it is over-praised.

The result for me is a film which doesn't know what it wants to accomplish - will this be a rich, rewarding drama of lives affording us the opportunity to care about intriguing characters, or will this be a brain-teasing British mystery?

The investigator was a complete waste of screen time, and contributed nothing.

Watching paint dry for three hours would be a more exciting way of spending one's time.

An annoyingly slow film.

Badly overrated and frankly boring .

Slow-moving unimaginative pap!

This film was long, tedious, dull, and slow, and I was struggling to hold still in my seat I was so anxious for the film to end.

Basically, I didn't care for any of the characters, the sub-plots where dull, the humour was tame.

Throw a bunch of boring old people into a house with hired help and you have a movie?

But, it was a drag with very little plot, which is plain boring and tedious!

Nevertheless, this movie was so formulaic that even before anyone was killed, I had solved the mystery.

Boring, lifeless, apathetic drizzle.

Those who have described it as thin and boring have simply missed the point; probably because their senses have been dulled by SFX and obvious plots.

Beautiful but slightly dull .

The plot is so secondary that the film is admittedly quite boring to watch despite the biting social commentary.

A smaller cast and slower pace would have done much to save this lovely-looking film from pretentious posing.

An enjoyable merge of UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS and ORIENT EXPRESS.

There's a key difference between "slow" and "boring"; if "Gosford Park" had great character development and a great payoff, the buildup would be worth it.

I was at the point where I was struggling to stay awake and about halfway through I didn't even bother trying to figure it out.

Exciting.

The look of the film and the atmosphere were wonderfully evocative, the cinematography expert.

This is the most entertaining ensemble piece I've seen in a very long time and Altman has an effortless touch with so many legendary actors crammed into an old house around a dead body.

His other films have always struck me as dull and pretentious.

The story had great potential, but it was buried in a hodgepodge of pointless sub-text which gave little chance for the main characters to be characterized.

This is the only movie I've seen in the cinema (and I've seen many), that I actually walked out of the theatre.

For those looking for a linear story with a single plot line which is easy to follow, the movie may seem a little tedious.

I really don't know if I'm missing something, but I find this movie just so boring.

It is sophisticated, engaging, illuminating and, simply, entertaining.

I guess it was a chance for Robert Altman to have his trademark "brilliant" overlapping dialogue with many British characters in a "thoughtful" (read: SLOW) movie and show what an "artist" he truly is.

I was bored through much of it (back to that tea thing) and that which did happen was lame.

In fact, if it hadn't been for Maggie Smith, I would have left early.

Gosford Park is a sparkling, delightful, enthralling, intriguing, delectable delight!

Gosford Park is a dull period piece that never comes together.

To me Gosford Park is an ordinary movie, a yawner actually.

An intriguing portrait of the dynamics between British aristocrats and their servants is presented in an engaging fashion by director Robert Altman.

A complete waste of time and talent .

Slight and often uninteresting, although not without any merit at all; Gosford Park is, in more ways than one, an enigma.

The camera work is stunning, and a lot less intrusive than in Pret a Porter.

Long, Boring, Dull .

Contrived dialog masquerading as banter.

Kelly MacDonald as Constance's underestimated maid is stunning and intelligent as she takes in every secret and revelation with a disingenuous eye.

" There were no, NO, impressive actors, Robert Altman is a ninny, the script was so bland i wouldn't eat it with tabasco sauce, the ending went like this: "okay we are bored, we need to end it now...

With the assistance of a collaboration with Bob Balaban, an exceptional screenplay by Julian Fellowes, a cast of Britain's finest, and charmingly dreary sets and cinematography, Robert Altman returns to prime form in Gosford Park.

This movie was enjoyable to a point, but very confusing.

The worst movie of all time!!.

it feels very much as if you were there with all the noisy background of chatter emanating from people who are living very empty lives.

For an hour and twenty minutes, absolutely nothing happened except that a few birds died, a guy played piano almost non-stop and some rich snobs played bridge.

Most of the people on the upper level are boring old bats that lead sheltered lives and have no idea how the rest of the world lives.

The humor is quite bland.

This was probably one of the worst movies I have ever seen.

But it is so well made it is worth watching, and maybe, for a film student, worth studying.

Worst Movie Ever .

Overall I'd have to say this is one of Altman's weakest and most pretentious films -- it's a huge disappointment and a rather banal example of Altman's typically reliable directorial style.

It was a trap Altman ingeniously didn't fall into in both Nashville and Shortcuts, when he solicited understated yet compelling performances from every single of his vast ensemble cast.

Sometimes when i see a movie i walk out of the theater with a strange sensation.

Also, it was very hard to relate to the belated ensemble cast, given the fact they were mostly made up of actors portraying pretentious and extremely dull English snobs, who lead a decadent and obsolete way of life.

A bunch of boring English people talking about boring things and the last 30 minutes were supposed to be some murder mystery that turned out to be not very mysterious at all.

The dialogue was mundane and the accent/sound recording was so bad that you couldn't make out what they were saying, half the time.

Scenes are shot as if the subject matter was framed within a painting, and something as simple as a dining room table was made breathtaking by Robert Altman's expert direction.

This movie was so so so slow.

Olympus over those earnest and worthy, yet disjointed and disengaging efforts.

Lady Sylvia has an assignation with him and a glass of hot milk, yawn.

YAWN.

This sense of sprawling confusion only adds to the effectiveness of Altman classics like Nashville and Shortcuts because it serves as an accurate represenation of those two mileaus (Shortcuts takes place in suburban Los Angeles) and additionally supports Altman's thematic approach to the material.

Pretentious, predictable and boring, this is one of Altman's least interesting films.

Luxurious, intriguing, and wonderfully photographed, this film will assuredly satisfy an appetite for observing English country life between the Wars.

Fascinating look at England in the 1930's .

Visually stunning but slow, dull, unsurprising and uninspiring!

The story is boring, you don't care about the characters as they're all either so snobbish or boring and sad.

Enjoyable British Drama .

" I meant the long, slow buildup that leads to the lethargic middle that leads to the dragging ending.

Given the good reviews, and even Oscar nominations, this film has probably bored the living pants of quite a number of people by now.

GOSFORD PARK is a slow moving all-star murder mystery.

It started out a bit slow, and sometimes the people are hard to understand because of the accents, but it was fun to watch, interesting, and very entertaining.

I was bored out of my mind when I watched it.

A 2 1/2 hour snooze fest not worth the film it was printed on.

Eclectic and occasionally confusing, but intriguing all the same, "Gosford Park" follows a group of uppity socialites and their help at a weekend shooting party in the home of Sir William and Lady Sylvia McCordle (Michael Gambon and Kristin Scott Thomas).

The "revelation" is so utterly banal and unimportant that his character might as well not have been in the film at all.

pretentious, predictable and boring .

The people are extremely boring including the dialogue.

However, observing the rituals of the house in between the film's top moments became tedious.

Some are charming, some are selfish, and some are very boring.

Robert Altman proves that an American CAN make a boring English film.

It's just as entertaining and it's free.

OK, it's got fair acting, but we had to watch this one twice (fell asleep the first time), and the second time was pushing the limits.

I love most of the very talented actors in Gosford Park, but this film rates as one of the most boring movies I have ever seen.

Depicts the boredom and smallness of the world of the rich in a way I've never seen before.

I fell asleep twice(during the day) and rewound it 10 to 20 times to try and understand what somebody had said.

The characters were fuzzy, the storyline was boring.

Full of acting talent, Gosford Park only delivers in fits as Altman throws in every Cluedo, Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie cliche known to human kind.

In fact, it's very BORING.

Dull pace.

While it's a bit slow moving at times I quite enjoyed it, rating it 7/10.

Despite its intricacies and confusing moments, there is so much more to Gosford Park that makes it interesting and enchanting.

This was an enjoyable movie.

When one becomes as well known as Altman, and reaches a certain age in life, perhaps it is natural to want to leave to posterity your philosophy of film, your artistic vision.

This is an incredibly slow moving film.

This was an enjoyable film and the standard of acting was good.

This crapfest truly is a boring film.

I cannot say more about how truly great this movie is and highly recommend it to anyone.

Scattered, messy and fussy -- a pointless movie.

There's a problem today with confusing filthy talk and wholesale shoddy behavior with realism.

And, of course, along with it, the traveling route of the gossip that is smooth and clean as those suits these pretentious gentlemen are wearing in this mansion.

It is not recommended for those who are looking for something with pizzazz, but rather for those who are looking for intriguing social commentary wrapped up in a beautiful package.

I found this movie, especially, like all his other movies: confusing, boring, slow, and not worth the time it took to watch the movie.

A vicious and thrilling social criticism of British aristocracy .

One hour of talking heads isn't character development, it's boring.

Gosford Park is a very entertaining film.

But when this is reflected in a motion picture that is clearly inviting us to spend an evening at home with a couple and there motley assortment of guests, when there is a lull, uh oh!

It was the slowest and most bland movie I have ever seen.

Like a train at a crossing - too dull to entertain, too loud to sleep through.

The camera is following some people, and then instead of just a boring cut to other people, the first couple walks through a door as another pair come through it, and then the camera changes it's focus.

Even the murder itself and the discovery of the murder were uninteresting.

For one thing it was boring.

I have never been so outraged when watching the Academy Awards as this year, as two of the very best films from an extraordinary year, Memento and The Royal Tenenbaums, lost out to this worthless self-indulgent piece of garbage!

If not, than I guess you better leave it alone, because you'll be very bored by it.

As for plot, absolutely nothing happened in this film, even with a dead body present.

So what's the point of introducing, and wasting so much time on totally boring characters?

I struggled to stay awake through the whole thing (and lost the battle at least three times.

It was entertaining to listen to me.

FINAL VERDICT: Way too many characters and no plot to speak of.

I find his movies confusing, slow, boring, and basically unwatchable.

But then she, like all the others, descended into a dull blur.

This is riveting, entertaining drama that teaches us something, if only we are willing to listen; and even the best of us would be well served to do just that.

What a dull film.

If I have to sit through one more film where a group of pretentious ******* get together for a weekend in a large, secluded place so they can make painful but necessary revelations or find out long lost truths before they return to their empty lives, I'm going to blow my brians out.

Absorbing & Authentic .

If I had seen this in the theater, I would have walked out.

While it is somewhat amazing that Altman is able to introduce so many characters and keep a multi-tiered narrative from falling into total confusion, he has managed to do this in far more compelling films.

Atmospheric, absorbing, amusing and really fun.

I felt as though the film was just going on and on with no real plot or point to look forward to at the end of the tunnel.

About a third of these characters are speaking in soft voices with thick common accents and low vocalization, making their snippets of dialogue even more pointless to the untrained ear.

Very boring .

If i find more boring, overrated, pointless movies, I'd be sure to send them your way.

Many who have commented on this movie said they were bored.

gosford park is the most enjoyable movie i've seen about nothing in a long time.

) but it was longer than necessary and somewhat confusing as far as the characters and sub-plots go.

If the merit of a movie is judged by how many explosions, profanity, car chases and busty wenches in push-up bras are included then this movie is a boring, rotten waste of time.

Even thou your brain is always on with that short cuts, they are still boring and after 30 minutes of watching (maybe less) you just don't care anymore how its gonna end.

In fact, try to name a more boring movie than this..good luck!

It is throughly confusing, at times very frustrating, amazingly talky, and sometimes a bit muddled.

Overall, a great and hugely entertaining film and one of Altman's best.

A wonderfully enjoyable Altman film .

I found the film slow-moving from the outset and it failed to build any momentum.

Despite this it does still work mainly because the Oscar winning writing brings out such convincing relationships and social politics, making it enjoyable and interesting throughout.

The only highlight of this movie is most people could act and did the best job with the dull script that they could.

A cast of British and American actor-types does its best to convince us we're watching something intense and worthwhile-and fails.

I think the main problem with Gosford Park is that nothing happens.

It might well be a well-produced drama of the sort the UK excels at but personally, I find such costumed outings rather dour, plodding affairs.

Unlike Hollywood's bang'em up features Gosford Park is much slower paced.

Although the gore level was a bit high for my tastes, this movie was an unbelievable adrenaline rush from opening to closing credits.

a long bore .

Well made but hard to follow and to maintain interest .

Basically an extended version of "Upstairs Downstairs" with art-house pretensions, Cliché clambers over cliché demanding our attention.

At first, hard to follow.

Still worth watching though and possibly easier to accept when braced for the clumsy switch in style.

The characters are annoying, underdeveloped, and generally uninteresting.

Dull, dull, dull.

Long scenes and mostly improv dialog are more like a recipe for boredom (at least in my case) and the events unfold about as slowly and anti-climatic as they would in real life.

To make matters worse, an initially sporadic and gradually frequent lack of coherence resulted in the film's fragmentation and in a feeling of confusion and profound discontent.

In fact anyone used to the fast pacing of modern life, let alone films, *may* find it hard to slow down and appreciate the grandeur of this film and to express my thoughts below is a table of the present scoring received on the IMdB by a modern comedy (I've chosen Something About Mary as a popular comedy with the exact opposite type of humour) and Gosford Park.

But it's a weekend that will find the guests engaging in a variety of `sports,' the least of which has to do with the shooting of birds, and will ultimately involve the untimely demise of one of those present.

In summary the plot and ending lacked direction but this clever, subtle period piece needed neither to make it worth watching if you can keep down to the pace ...

Boring Boring Boring .

Boring, more boring, and even more boring describes this dog of a film.

Plus, I kept confusing him with the the creep-husband.

Possibly The Worst Movie Going Experience Ever .

Pulp Fiction only had four characters and Magnolia had three hours of screentime.

It does have a compelling flow through everything.

If this sounds frustrating, let me assure you that it's entirely the opposite - it makes everything even more absorbing.

It's too bad that such a good directing style was wasted on such a boring story.

A waste of time .

These aberrations derive from cliche of well known origin whereby in the son's distorted feelings the father is guilty of vile egoism whereas the mother's (or rather The Mother's) own pursuit comes over as saintly altruistic.

Prepare for extensive boredom .

Altman took his time to introduce me to these fascinating characters, their quirks and insecurities.

A thoroughly enjoyable experience.

For an hour, yes AN HOUR, Altman 'set the scene', focussing on one unattractive character after another involved in utterly banal actions that were of no interest and of no relevance to the story.

I was so incredibly bored I had to watch it in three sittings.

Yes, those English actors sure have their bored airs down pat!

The acting was sub-par the direction was pathetic, the script was confusing at best.

Empty beauty .

Probably the most boring film I've seen in a long time.

You could have selected the insipid Shrek, or Waking Life, a film just about 1,000 times more fascinating than Gosford Park.

Well like in the most films of Robert, there are a lot of characters and that makes it sometimes confusing.

The beginning is a little slow with occasions when you are not completely sure who the characters are or where the story is going to go.

And this ensemble can't disguise the fact that Gosford Park is built on a weak, confusing, and frequently dreary script.

Eileen Atkins, Kelly Macdonald, Grant, and many of the other servants distinguish themselves in tiny ways worth watching for.

In Short Cuts, Altman wove together thirty characters in four or five dull stories hoping that no one would notice that no single story could stand on it's own.

Nevertheless it was an absorbing and amusing movie--no plot to speak of, no denouement, more like a Dagwood sandwich--mustard on the bottom, mayonnaise on the top, slices of ham, pickles, ripe (very ripe) tomatoes, cheeses, baloney, and lettuce (as in, not enough).

Gosford Park succeeds in going nowhere for over 2 hours.

Yawn .

The dialog is boring and hard to follow.

it is fascinating to discover a living society in its struggles for survive, ignoring reality.

A COMPLETE BORE!!.

Save your money, sit in your garden and watch the grass grow.

The murder mystery was boring.

Yawn.

Boring and pointless .

Boredom at midnight.

Take so many familiar actors that you lose count after the first ten minutes; add a plot centred around that pair of English dramatic standards, the class war and the whodunnit; throw in a pinch of ironic mild self-indulgence in the form of a character plausibly representing Altman himself; stir vigorously and let the flavours mingle.

What a waste of time.

) is happening and it seems to go on and on forever with dull dialogs and no story at all.

Witless, slow, and boring, this Oscar-winning dud tries to wow the audience with more suspicious characters and red herrings than previous films of the genre.

This device serves as an excuse for over two hours of people gossiping about each other whilst nothing happens and overrated actors ham it up with hackneyed props and eccentricities (Gambon has a spoilt dog, Dance is deaf, Fry has a big pipe, Bates is a drunk, and so on).

The disadvantage of this is that the film is sometimes hard to follow.

I usually like this kind of murder mysteries, but in this case I found it pretty hard to stay awake.

If you can get past the slow beginning and follow all the story lines, this one's for you.

Predictable and tedious .

"Gosford Park"'s biggest drawback, though, is that, in spite of a couple of intense scenes, it fails to involve us emotionally.

While mildly entertaining, the film is slow paced, and some may find it downright boring.

I found it engaging without being riveting, a matter of style over substance for a great deal of its time.

) There's a positive thing about this: it's a guaranteed cure for insomnia.

Boring, rubbish, dull, this film is most certainly not.

The collage of dialogue is rich and, as usual with Altman films, the actors are so thoroughly in character that every spot on the screen has someone doing something worth watching.

Boredom.

This is a banquet of fine acting and ensemble work and adds such treasures as a series of songs performed by Jeremy Northam with great style as well as unexpected cameos by a large number of lesser known actors.

See this if you like boring dialogue or a movie that just seems like you should like it when really there's nothing likeable about it.

Gosford Park has a lot of characters that move the story through brilliant and very entertaining dialogue.

Save your money.

The movie is not long however, it took me two days to finish watching it because I fell asleep a half-an-hour into the feature.

Of course, there were a few enjoyable films and even masterpieces, Altman's Gosford Park is stuck between the category of masterpiece and great work.

Complicated and admittedly sometimes dull comedy-drama that places a group of high-class aristocrats in one large English mansion in 1932.

Yes, I did yawn.

With a problematic plot and confusing dialog, what is left?

BRILLIANT CHARACTERIZATIONS OR PRETENTIOUS RUBBISH .

To those who say it is boring or slow or cliché, I can only say you've missed the point.

Despite fine performances by Maggie Smith (at least not wasted her as opposed to the Harry Potter films) and a few other familiar faces, the movie is slow, muddled and a bit cold.

But it's essentially empty, and not nearly as much fun as it's been made out to be.

Kristin Scott Thomas, a wonderful actress, slides preternaturally into the role of a bored, beautiful and morally rootless presiding hostess.

You should rather spend your time watching paint dry.

I'm not a detective, but it allows me to understand some of the most confusing material Hollywood throws at us.

The "surprise" revelations which keep coming at us at snail's pace are stock elements of any Agatha Christie novel (the identity of the murderer, the reason for the murder, the relationships between all the people involved, down to the very identities of the perpetrators).

Gosford Park was, by far, the worst movie I have ever seen.

Watch it the first time for an entertaining glimpse of the the English class system in action.

The most important themes aren't revealed until even later, either, so what remains for the bulk of the time, is the doings and dealings of the upstairs and downstairs population, which I found quite entertaining and intriguing to observe.

There is boring and then there really is boring.

It begins well with fascinating character development, only to crawl to a very disappointing climax.

With its intriguing dialogue and impressive cast (which includes Kristin Scott Thomas, Emily Watson, Maggie Smith, Clive Owen, as well as Ryan Phillippe) you will definably not be disappointed.

Really boring movie .

It was very unexpected; this is the only thing I really liked about the ending.

And many of those great English actors are in this movie: Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith, Jeremy Northam, Kristen Scott Thomas, etc. But their characters are so dull that they really didn't have much to work with.

This is boring, boring, boring.

Enjoyable throughout, I was left guessing until the end, as to the identity of the killer(s), although I did suss out who was the killee.

The writer's commentary is fascinating.

The ending was abrupt but the former part of the movie has a lot to offer and was enjoyable.

Just Because It's Slow, Doesn't Make It Boring .

But again, otherwise this film is a complete waste of time, unless of course gossip, meaningless talk and details of servants' way of life is what you look for in a detective story.

When it finally decides to become an intriguing whodunnit, you never find out whodunnit.

Hugely entertaining .

Slow burner .

If you were bored by this film, then you have been drubbed over the head by too many pointless and one-dimensional Hollywood films.

Boring !.

In Shortcuts the action is much more engaging and the characters more fiery, so the devices that play it down give you a feeling that you are witnessing real people in real drama.

I found the beginning so confusing.

The mere fact that Robert Altman has turned in his first film since "Short Cuts" that wasn't a tedious, undercooked bore DOES NOT entitle him to be crowned "Best Director" by every critics' organization -- and now the Golden Globe group, a Dick Clark company -- who can't get over the fact that Altman wasn't given the '75 Best Director Oscar for "Nashville" and hope this faux Merchant-Ivory consignment outfit will do the trick.

Don't Waste Your Time .

I don't even want to talk about this film, it's that boring and shallow.

Fortunately, I have the film on VHS and plan to see it again a couple of times before Christmas, so engrossing it is.

The problem is that the whole thing is so dull and uninvolving and you really don't identify with any of the characters.

However, this remains to be a wholly fascinating study of class differences, and character relationships, in the 1930's.

There is wanton secrecy and intrigue, luxurious boredom.

Looking for an engaging mystery?

Very Witty Entertaining Film .

Even a film like MASH is inferior to the TV show and NASHVILLE becomes tedious in its third hour, whilst POPEYE is painful to sit through.

We hear snatches of conversation, offhanded remarks; we see gowns that don't quite fit, impolite glances, tics of boredom; we move from bedroom to bathroom, scullery to dining room.

Just watched Gosford park for the umpteenth time and enjoyed it as much as the first time.

You either find this entertaining or pretty lame.

Way too Pretentious .

Dull .

It is far too long, there are way too many characters, and I solved the "mystery" as it was happening.

Two hours of boredom .

As far as the story itself, I was generally bored or confused, or both, by the extremely large and not especially differentiated cast of characters.

Whilst I think the narrative loses momentum in the last twenty minutes, it is very engaging beforehand and well worth a watch.

Man Talk about boring.

Gosford Park was boring.

A slow, thoroughly British look at class and country life with a bit of murder thrown in - 86% .

The boredom and coldness of the wealthy is contrasted with the industry and capacity for feeling of the servants.

She says it is long, (true) rambling, (true) has no story (not true it has several.

but nothing happens.

Good, I am so pleased that certain children find this movie boring.

The odd thing about this film was that it was not enough for director Robert Altman to have accurate set and art direction, he also had to impress upon you the fact that you were looking at excellent period detail with camera work that was self-indulgent, to say the least.

SPOILER ENDS The scenes of below-stairs life were particularly pointed and fascinating; it's an aspect of the period that seldom gets its due in films with this kind of setting.

Save your money and rent an earlier film by Altman and forget about Gosford Park.

As for there being no plot...

My only criticisms are that the story is a little slow in the beginning, (although by no means boring), and that Stephen Fry was perhaps a little too comical in his role as Inspector Thompson.

Odd yet entertaining black comedy (spoilers) .

The feeling I get once again is that Hollywood can never make rich films again along the lines of "The Sound and The Fury" or "Murder on The Orient Express" because it conviently castrated it's creativity in the name of heavily marketed pretentious "McDonald's" style film "products" geared to "target" audiences.

The structure of this film is in its interplay of characters and the contrast between the vital world below stairs and the bored existence of the upper classes.

I would strongly recommend this film to anyone who suffers from severe insomnia.

Tedious and uninvolving .

Life has an agreeably slow pace and the conversation is stimulating.

Veddy Veddy Boring ...

This might have been an entertaining film if half of the characters and one-half hour of the lenghth had been deleted.

Boring Brits doing boring things for the first half of the movie.

I suspect the mechanics of servicing a large house party were portrayed accurately; these scenes rang true, and were quite fascinating in fact.

A stellar cast of mavericks and newcomers alike is wasted on a script that - despite some excellent dialogue & snappy tongue-in-cheek references - goes on too long, disappearing down too many dark hallways of apparent "intrigue".

With the critics it was getting I was anxious to see it but after 15 minutes of watching it I was ready to fall asleep.

Production/Acting done well, but story dragged and too many characters).

There is sometimes a thin line between deft complexity and utter confusion, between very deliberate pacing and relentless tedium, between the refined and the stodgy, and between the subtle and the arcane.

An endless surplus of characters who looked alike, horrible sound quality and a slow narrative all resulted in me giving up.

The cast is a who's who of Brit actors I find mostly unwatchable -- Kristin Scott Thomas, Emily Watson, Maggie Smith, Alan Bates, Derek Jacobi -- plus a couple of dull American ones for good measure.

Lured by a huge cast of big names, but bored to the bone that a story that is entirely too long and in dire need of better editing.

Fascinating Mystery Film .

It was a yawner.

Highly enjoyable!

Wisecracks weren't very funny, and the characters essentially uninteresting.

boring, unintelligible, no characters to care about .

I have read reviews with descriptions like "a movie for active movie viewers", "appropriately slow moving in the beginning", and "your patience is rewarded".

The main plot faithfully follows the English `whodunit' paradigm---a weekend at an isolated ancient family manse, an assembly of friends and relatives all of whom are relatively unfriendly, unexpected guests of uncertain pedigree, back-stair shadows and whispers, a moment when the likely suspects have all vanished, a murder, the appearance of a detective, a passing comment recognized as critical by a great mind, and, finally, a solution to the mystery.

I found Gosford Park a fascinating study on class and characters within the film.

I was so bored, it was painful.

It was so drawn out and boring that I would have left the cinema earlier, had it not been for the price of the ticket (£7.50 for the record!

We eavesdrop on seemingly dozens of conversations, so many that the first hour or so is quite a confusing and even frustrating experience.

The movie is overlong and dull as a result and the revelations and twists are unsurprising.

Kelly MacDonald as Constance's underestimated maid is stunning and intelligent as she takes in every secret and revelation with a disingenuous eye.

Among the many guests he is entertaining that weekend, there are several suspects.

yawn .

The plot felt waaay too dragged out, and I found myself constantly trying to stay awake throughout.

Boring !!!

I really was bored with all that was happening.

boring .

He's the white space, the reference point of bland American fare, intended to show us what bad acting is all about.

I think that when you just relax and make peace with the fact that no, it isn't story driven, and know that no, you won't finally know the names of all the characters, you can just sit back and enjoy the dialogue, which is littered with jems and stunning one liners.

A film that combines solid acting, thoughtfulness, wit and mildly unexpected events to leave us feeling nicely satisfied, neither hungry for more nor bloated.

Yes, it's true that at times some of the dialog is hard to follow; most of the actors, oddly enough, are British, and understand how important the correct accent is for each character, each class.

Tea, dinner and a murder, what an brilliant plot for a movie, and the costumes and sets were wonderful, heck they even have a cool web-site, it is a shame that the movie ended up being about snooty and boring people.

Something only a director as boring as Robert Altman could conjure up.

But consider one scene in which servants gather on a stairwell to listen to a musician entertaining his fellow guests upstairs.

Even a murder gives the leit motiv and the thrilling effect to dig out the personality of the characters.

While Maggie Smith is outstanding, there is not a clunker in the cast, and the newcomers are as fascinating as the old faces.

Boring, insignificant soapish details, boring characters with very sporadic interjections of almost-funny humor that does nothing.

This is, in the end, a remarkably bland and uninvolving film which attempts to disguise its lack of substance by distracting you with Acting and Costume Design.

It will probably bore you.

I was very disappointed.. This film is boring and w/o any sense.

It was so bad that a couple who sat behind us both fell asleep and snored through the last quarter of the movie (and this is no exaggeration).

Upon first viewing, this movie is a bit difficult to follow.

Why did I waste good money and time watching it?

My girlfriend literally fell asleep during the film and I kept waiting for some semblance of humor....

Extremely stiff and stodgy.

Other than that it was BOREDOM epitomized.

Having sat through the first hour of this and being bored silly in the process i was prepared to give the next hour and 15 minutes a chance because after all i was going to see a good murder mystery wasnt i?

But no, a few minutes later it went back down to flat and boring mode.

Considering, the cast, director, established genre, setting, costumes, authentic portrayal of thirties life in aristocratic England - this film turned out to be a yawn.

Gosford Park is one of the slowest, pointless, dullest, unsatisfying experiences I've had at the cinema .

Because I agreed with their de facto judgment that the movie was boring, I didn't have the heart to wake them up.

The dialogue is nearly impossible to understand, plus the way it is put together it is difficult to follow.

Worst Movie I Have Ever Seen .

This movie should be voted as the worst movie of the decade.

Worst movie of the year, at best.

It is so fascinating anyway that I must recommend it and you should go see it.

But the crime took way too long to set up and the resolution was much too forced.

") Watching Maggie Smith is a joy, but by now, a predictable one.

This menage-a-twentyfive or more, all yacking in thick as pea soup british accents at the same time for two hours makes for pretty dull watching not to mention blabber on the ears.

Lame predictable plot, cardboard characters, flat-on-its-face attempts at humor, pretentious (okay, pretentious on purpose, but still annoying) setting.

Complex, Witty, and Extremely Entertaining .

Pleasant enough but a bit confusing on first viewing .

The problem is that is very slow.

Dull, plodding british melodrama .

Waste of Money .

Tedious and Poor Imitation of British Movie of Manners .

I would strongly recommend this film to anyone who suffers from severe insomnia.

This was by far the slowest moving movie of the year.

But Gosford park has none of these, placed in a setting where the script and the actor's portrayals are the only thing the movie has to stand on it still manages to maintain an excellent pace and an entertaining story line.

There are surprises in the end and when you've left the theater, you remember many things from the beginning, which is explained later.

green, empty and wet.

This movie is really boring.

It was amazingly hard to follow, the lighting of the house that the film took place in gave me a headache, and although the ending was good, I found that I couldn't care less what happened.

While some may argue that the whole point of the film is the fact there are so many plotlines I think that is alot of crap, good films have a coherent, compelling storyline, enough said.

the most engrossing and entertaining I've seen this year.

While this is arguably not quite a great movie, its certainly a very good, very enjoyable one.

If you haven't seen this piece of trash, please don't waste your' time and/or money.

Folks, this movie is boring.

Conversely, Altman spends considerable time creating rich stories for many characters through a slow series of hints and whispers.

A film going nowhere.

Amazingly boring; intensely uninteresting.

Boring and wimpy plot .

Long, boring, pedantic, and pointless.

An outstanding film, with an unexpected and sobering ending that forces you to think rather than feel fully satisfied in an escapist sort of way, like an Agatha Christie presentation might.

Mirren was in "Greenfingers" with Clive and was a total delight in that little-seen masterpiece and much more enjoyable there.

But when the story is so flimsy, cliche ridden and bereft of originality, then the ensemble becomes just another bunch of misdirected actors.

It's hands down much more entertaining than this snail.

good if you like confusing and slow movies .

First off, we can dismiss the majority of the negative reviews of this movie here as there is an entire generation of brain dead gen-xers who need something to 'morph' or explode in the first five minutes, or else it's 'boring'.

Though disappointed with once again being muddled in ambiguity and tirelessly slow moving scenes for me, this may be a good film for you if you like Altman's consistency of style.

The Movie's Movement comes from Acting, Dialog, and Snobs who are Stuffy, Stodgy, and Grandly Grotesque.

The dialogue just dragged.

It's the movie's most fascinating and immediate moment (and Richard E.

The multitude of characters, many sharing names with other characters, creates a general confusion that is only exacerbated by the characters' accents.

I'm all for serious cinema, and can live with a change of pace, but this didn't engage me at all, in fact it bored the living pants off me.

The movie itself did not suck, just some of the slow parts.

The snippets and previews made it look so intriguing I decided I would see it quite soon which I then did not do.

A underutilised cast, pointless plot, and tiresome cliche.

Enjoyable .

However, I was disappointed in that it is very difficult to follow with the heavy British accents, low speaking dialog, and many numerous small part characters.

The result is basically a boring version of a reality TV show.

The story is presenting us all kinds of people, a neurotic teenager, the typical american producer, the money-hungry son-in-law, the innocent maid or the dull inspector.

To prevent boredom from completely taking over, the film injects a good deal of humour into proceedings - Smith's cantankerous countess is witty and loaded with barbed asides while Fry's detective is as gloriously aloof as those he interviews, maintaining an almost Clouseau-like ignorance of the facts presented to him.

Vivid and potentially haunting recreation of a bygone era is undermined by frequent indecipherable dialogue, impossible-to-follow story lines, and the tendency of those stories you can pick up on to be fairly predictable and familiar.

To us Brits, this is all a bit of a bore.

Highly enjoyable .

As a cure for insomnia, I highly recommend it.

My wife and I both failed to be captured by this tediously slow film.

be bored.

Too many characters, hard to follow.

If you're looking for deep meaning, exciting drama, a tear-jerker (and don't care for spending time with Altman), there are other choices plentiful: Monster's Ball (d: Marc Foster); In the Bedroom (d: Todd Field); Lantana (d: Ray Lawrence); A Beautiful Mind (d: Ron Howard); I Am Sam (d: Jessie Nelson); or a swash-buckling revival of Alexandre Dumas adventure: Count of Monte Cristo, The (d: Kevin Reynolds).

You want to leave a lasting imprint, as a director.

Yet, the dialogues are so boring and tedious (especially in the first one third of the film) that you almost end up falling asleep.

The boredom and coldness of the wealthy is contrasted with the industry and capacity for feeling of the servants.

Nothing happened.

Robert Altman by the way of Merchant Ivory= Boring Mess.

Yeah, so, I figured "ok, it has a slow start, it will build and pick up the pace as it goes.

I fell asleep.

And yes, the audio is deliberately filled many times with several simultaneous conversations, making all of them hard to follow.

This makes it pretentious in the extreme (and isn't helped by the presence of Fry impersonating himself as per usuall).

gosford park is such a "richly entertaining murder mystery.

The most god awful boring film ever .

It's kinda boring if you ask me.

It is sophisticated, engaging, illuminating and, simply, entertaining.

It's a weakness in that it's initially confusing trying to place who everyone is.

The pace of the movie was slow; and like many of the comments in this thread, the characters themselves completely under developed.

snore fest .

The English countryside atmosphere is established straight away, complete with a dreary rain shower in which the guests arrive.

I can understand why many people might not like it at all: it's a bit obscure, hard to follow, and the plot is as foggy as it is in many other Altman movies.

As a fan of film noir, and even B-movies, I have to say I'd be hard pressed to name a more boring movie than this one.

Endless group scenes talky and boring .

Slow paced and ultimately unsatisfying both as entertainment and for those who think they are going to see a good old-fashioned mystery.

The characters were the same bland characters they were before.

Not to expect a lot from this movie, a slow movie could have been cut and made of 1:30.

With a fine cast, crafty plot and fast-paced tempo, it makes for an enjoyable watching experience.

Most of the people I know who have seen this film tell me they were bored by it because `nothing happened'.

Grant makes it even more so with his half-smile at its conclusion), but Altman doesn't follow up, and overall seems to be more interested in maintaining the bland British tone than in producing any real content.

Given the fact that the first hour or so of the film is a very boring introduction to a bunch of uninteresting characters, and the rest devoted to 'revealing' the killer, I can't imagine spending more tedious time watching a film.

Bottom line: a great insomnia cure.

Overall, a waste of time.

I thought from the previews it would of been more exciting.

Here, the murder takes place at the climax of this confusion, leaving you rather disoriented in the middle of the 2-hour-plus drama.

On the downside, but to no surprise to fans of Altman's work, the movie is often hard to follow.

Highly Entertaining Film .

Maybe it didn't help that I watched this movie in the company of the Shallowest Man in the Universe, who kept falling asleep, but in all honesty I was hard-pressed to stay awake myself.

There is a Hollywood producer with his star in the midst of this, both of them researching real people for what we learn is a Charlie Chan film, the most formulaic whodunit.

Although the impressive cast list was one of the main attractions for the film, the large number of key characters (and the fact they were often referred to using different names) made the plot more complicated and a bit difficult to follow.

But who can really account for the sadistically slow progression of the plot?

Conversely, Altman spends considerable time creating rich stories for many characters through a slow series of hints and whispers.

Overall, Altman has given a stunning visual narrative of the cold war.

Americans dumped in the plot with their confusion overridden my forward-thinking is a fine allegory of today's politics.

Watching paint dry is excitement by comparison.

The same does not apply to 'Gosford Park' Otherwise, apart from this small gripe, a most enjoyable cinematic experience.

He's found a way to make otherwise unfilmable stage plays into movies that are as riveting as a live performance for those who are willing to engage with them: The story is told through an intense unblinking focus on the characters.

A bore and a chore .

The identity of the killer is a bit unexpected.

Worse though, it's difficult to care, and as the script lurches downhill into one improbability after another an overwhelming sensation of boredom sets in, precipitated as much by the absence of plot credibility as character credibility: there are some in this ensemble with less substance than cardboard.

It takes well over an hour for the murder to even take place, and then everything was so predictable, even the final "twist".

Beautiful, evocative cinematography: I felt as if I had truly traveled to a time and into a culture long-past.

Pretentious and banal: the worst kind of movie.

before you judge, "Elf" is usually not my style because i had avoided seeing it for a year and a half, because i find most "comedies" to be kind of pointless these days....

Altman is unpredictable, he's either brilliant or really next to his shoes.

Complex relationships, intriguing characters and stunning accoutrements (costumes, setting, props) are the compelling reasons.

I recently watched Gosford Park on pay-per-view, it is an exceptionally entertaining film, what with its talented cast and the colorful characters that they play.

Altman meets Agatha Christie, with some pretty confusing results.

And 'boring movies, as some have termed this, offer you space to think, instead of just sitting there passively distracted by equally meaningless surface activity.

Slow moving and predicatable plot line.

Boring or what.

However, I found the rather free-wheeling ensemble approach to be very enjoyable and the first hour moved quickly by thanks to the natural interactions and relationships and it was actually the mystery aspect that didn't work as well because it required too sudden a change in pace – a change that the material seemed to resist and hamper.

In real life, is every moment spent alone or with others riveting, heart pounding, spell binding?

it's extremely boring.

The social commentary all seems so predictable; the rich people are blind snobs, and the servants are both warmer and more observant.

Possibly the least suspenseful murder mystery I have ever seen.

The story is absorbing, but in the end, it's the interaction of the characters that makes this movie so enjoyable.

Just rent THE SINGING DETECTIVE if you havent seen him), Alan Bates, Kirsten Scott Thomas, Derek Jacobi - I mean, it was stunning.

yep, this movie can even make that boring.

Add to this a realistic and beautiful English setting and a complex, riveting story, and you have a film that can't miss.

However, that still doesn't erase the fact that Gosford Park is one of the slowest, pointless, dullest, unsatisfying experiences I've had at the cinema.

This must be the most boring mainstream film I have ever seen.

Gosford park is full of every single cliché that has ever been raked over in a thousand British films, TV series, and even plays since the 1920's.

It made for a MUCH, MUCH more enjoyable film.

The man also had a large number of relatives, step-relatives and in-laws, most of whom were involved in illicit relationships of stunning complexity.

His interaction with the others is intriguing to watch as they all suspect him of hiding some secret.

In other words, it's a pile of pretentious crud featuring every actor you ever heard of, having so much fun, Mister Altman, thank you so much for allowing me to be in your film even if the script is risible and the end result intolerable.

The best approach here is to absorb the overall ambiance, as the details quickly become tedious and tiresome.

It was just too predictable.

The multiple plot format that has become popular (Magnolia, Sunshine State) is arguably hard to follow.

By the time the murder takes place, you are already to bored to give a damn.

This movie was boring.

Having rounded up a remarkable cast of Britain's finest actors, Altman gives them precious little to do: Those upstairs set around being arrogant and bored, those downstairs stand around being bitter and stuffy.

With all the new technology out there in the electronics and photography industry, this movie looked like it was filmed with a 1960's camera - the resolution was dull and gray.

Wow, was that a waste of time.

What started as an intriguing opening with the impression of a real event about to unfold simply went on...

Altman's grandscale film will wow some people, bore others, alienate, detach, enchant, invigorate, and intrigue - some, like me, will experience all of those at least once - in its 138-minute runtime.

Gosford Park was an entertaining feast for the senses, I highly recommend viewing this film, it is one definitely worth watching.

Rather boring and pointless.

Folks, I'm not a sadist or anything so don't take this the wrong way, but EVEN THE MURDER WAS BORING.

It's just as well that he does this, for he lacks Christie's supreme skill at misdirection, or anything like it: if we find ourselves failing to suspect the right people, it's not because we've been led to devote our energies suspecting the wrong people, but because we were distracted by all the fascinating sociological buttressing.

It's all been done before in a far more entertaining way.

After it was over, I spent a lot of time talking about the confusion and about Robert Altman.

It gets boring.

It was all so exciting I just had to keep shaking myself to wake up.

The same old banal issues with upstairs downstairs servants v masters etc. I likened it to:Downton Abbey Upstairs Downstairs 13 for Dinner by Agatha Christie Nancy Drew (the young maid worked it out) Inspector Clouseau (the bungling inspector played by Colin Fry)I did giggle at Colin Fry.

I really liked Altmans' previous movies, but the last two or three are really boring.

it's not a perfect movie, whatever that is, but it certainly was enjoyable.

I'm not a teenager looking for explosions or Adam Sandler, but damn this movie dragged.

Everyone is so good in it, and the film is incredibly entertaining and powerful.

What's most engaging about Altman's approach is his fluid camera-work.

Here you have fine actors such as Alan Bates, Michael Gambon, Derek Jacobi, Helen Mirren, Jeremy Northam, Clive Owen, and Maggie Smith in roles that are just plain boring with very little character development.

However, do not go in expecting something inventive, or you will leave the theater disappointed.

It tries, and in my opinion succeeds, in capturing the atmosphere of the 30s (it is set in 1932) - of the slower pace of life, of the distinct class attitudes from both Upstairs and Downstairs and of the interactions of people of that age.

) humor or staring with near disbelief at the re-creation of a bygone time and place made with such loving attention to detail that, faithful or not, the illusion is compelling enough to be scary.

Of course, Gosford Park does qualify as one of the best films of the year and a very worthy addition to Robert Altman's stunning cinema.

Mostly the thing is boring.

The movie was very slow and boring.

I don't know whether to blame it on my cheap home set-up but, unlike Short Cuts, I found the dialogue hard to follow - particularly during the first half of the film.

A group of dreadfully uninteresting people gather at a 1930s English country manor, where the gossip is only momentarily halted by murder.

) "Gosford Park" (sans intermission and spirits) was a complete and utter bore -- much like the "boars" that inhabited the film's wafer-thin scenario!

Thank you to the magnificent Dame Maggie Smith, Helen Mirren, Emily Watson, Alan Bates, Kelly MacDonald, Clive Owen, Ryan Phillipe, Jeremy Northam, Eileen Atkins, etc. for performances that were both entertaining and engrossing.

It is beautifully photographed and he has a great cast but the story is long, tedious and the whole thing is ungodly pretentious.

The plot was boring, and I couldn't find a single character to care about.

How did anyone manage to stay awake through this.

This movie was a 2 hour bore!

but the film did manage to remind me of why i usualy dont like Altman movies, his last several have just been incredibly dull.

This movie typifies everything that's wrong with stuffy British colonial costume-dramas about toffs - it's passionless, dull as dishwater, goes on forever and looks exactly the same as every other such movie.

Anyone who cannot but find this film fascinating is clearly illiterate as well as quite unable to appreciate the finer pints of film making and acting.

Dull.

While the many roles in Nashville were as deftly and distinctly drawn as Hirschfeld caricatures, Gosford is confusing in its superfluity of indistinguishable minor parts.

If you like this movie, go check out "far from heaven", another pointless 2 hours waste of my time, oh yeah, it is about the era too and not so much the story, giveme a break.

even the murder scene was boring.