Gosford Park (2001) - Comedy, Drama, Mystery

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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: 7.3
Director: Robert Altman
Stars: Maggie Smith, Ryan Phillippe
Length: 131 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 229 out of 646 found boring (35.44%)

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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.

The people are extremely boring including the dialogue.

Contrived dialog masquerading as banter.

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

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


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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

Good story drawn out waaaaay too long.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Waste of Time!.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

The worst movie of all time!!.

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

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

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

Boring .

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

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.

Slow moving and predicatable plot line.

How did anyone manage to stay awake through this.

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.

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

I really was bored with all that was happening.

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.

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

Evocative, intelligent and atmospheric .

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.

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....

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

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

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).

A wonderfully enjoyable Altman film .

You should rather spend your time watching paint dry.

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".

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

Man Talk about boring.

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

pretentious, predictable and boring .

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why did I waste good money and time watching it?

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

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

Complete Bore .

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

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

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

The dialogue just dragged.

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

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

Tedious and Poor Imitation of British Movie of Manners .

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

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.

Mysterious, but predictable .

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

Possibly The Worst Movie Going Experience Ever .

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.

Amazingly boring; intensely uninteresting.

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.

Please somebody make an original, exciting British film!

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.

What a dull film.

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

good if you like confusing and slow movies .

I wanted to fall asleep.

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

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

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.

Dull, plodding british melodrama .

I found the beginning so confusing.

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

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.

The characters were fuzzy, the storyline was boring.

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

Highly Entertaining Film .

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.

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

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

Worst Movie Ever .

Just bored me.

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.

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

I'm old enough to have enjoyed it .

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.

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

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

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

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

As for there being no plot...

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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 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.

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

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

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.

Altman meets Agatha Christie, with some pretty confusing results.

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

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

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

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.

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

Nothing happened.

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.

This movie was a 2 hour bore!

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

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.

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.

A waste of time .

Long, Boring, Dull .

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

As a cure for insomnia, I highly recommend it.

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

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

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.

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

The characters were the same bland characters they were before.

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

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

It's kinda boring if you ask me.

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

even the murder scene was boring.

There is boring and then there really is boring.

Beautiful but slightly dull .

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).

Looking for an engaging mystery?

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

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.

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

For one thing it was boring.

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

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

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

Folks, this movie is boring.

Watching paint dry is excitement by comparison.

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

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

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

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

This movie was boring.

Very Witty Entertaining Film .

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Plot: boring and obvious.

Pleasant enough but a bit confusing on first viewing .

Sadly Predictable and Easy to Solve .

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?

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

Other than that it was BOREDOM epitomized.

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

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

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.

Possibly the least suspenseful murder mystery I have ever seen.

Worst movie of the year, at best.

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

Dull .

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.

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

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

Waste of Money .

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

but nothing happens.

Mostly the thing is boring.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

The most god awful boring film ever .

Some are just bored to tears.

Too many characters, hard to follow.

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

Gosford Park is a very entertaining film.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

be bored.

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

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.

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 does have a compelling flow through everything.

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.

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.

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

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

Boring !.

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

Gosford Park succeeds in going nowhere for over 2 hours.

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.

Way too Pretentious .

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

The upstairs-downstairs dynamic was intriguing.

Hugely entertaining .

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

yep, this movie can even make that boring.

Complex, Witty, and Extremely Entertaining .

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

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).

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.

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....

It made for a MUCH, MUCH more enjoyable film.

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.

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

Don't Waste Your Time .

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

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.

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

In fact, it's very BORING.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.


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

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.

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.

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.

It will probably bore you.

Two hours of boredom .

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Tedious and uninvolving .

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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!

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

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.

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.

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

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.

This movie was so so so slow.

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

Quick cure for insomnia.

Bottom line: a great insomnia cure.

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

The problem is that is very slow.

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.

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.

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

green, empty and wet.

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.

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

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.

A complete waste of time and talent .

This movie is really boring.

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.

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

Atmospheric, absorbing, amusing and really fun.

" 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...

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

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

Even more enjoyable at second viewing, 4 years later .

Tried watching three times - fell asleep every time.

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

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.

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.

This crapfest truly is a boring film.

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.

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.

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

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

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

At first, hard to follow.

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.

Wow, was that a waste of time.

Cliché riddled and dull .

Visually stunning but slow, dull, unsurprising and uninspiring!

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Highly enjoyable .

gosford park is such a "richly entertaining murder mystery.

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

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

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

It was a yawner.

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

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'.

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

Predictable and tedious .

Boring Boring Boring .

The characters are annoying, underdeveloped, and generally uninteresting.

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

Yes, I did yawn.

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.

boring, unintelligible, no characters to care about .

Scattered, messy and fussy -- a pointless movie.

Extremely stiff and stodgy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pretentious and banal: the worst kind of movie.

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).

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

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

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

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.

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.

What a waste of time.

Badly overrated and frankly boring .

Fascinating look at England in the 1930's .

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

Absorbing & Authentic .

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.

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.

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.

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.

a long bore .

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.

it's extremely boring.

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

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

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

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

Fascinating Mystery Film .

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

A bore and a chore .

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

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

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.


Don't waste your money .


Long, boring, pedantic, and pointless.

Appropriate slow moving?

Overall, a waste of time.

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?

A thoroughly enjoyable experience.

First try the girlfriend and I both fall asleep.

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.

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

Prepare for extensive boredom .

A film going nowhere.

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

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

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.

Empty beauty .

Odd yet entertaining black comedy (spoilers) .

3) Very predictable.

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

boring and slow.

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

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

It was entertaining to listen to me.

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

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.

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

Veddy Veddy Boring ...

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

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.

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.

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

It was just too predictable.

Gosford Park was boring.

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

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.

Highly enjoyable!

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

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

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

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

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

There is wanton secrecy and intrigue, luxurious boredom.

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 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.

The identity of the killer is a bit unexpected.

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.

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

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

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

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

An annoyingly slow film.

Boring, lifeless, apathetic drizzle.

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

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

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

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

Dull, dull, dull.

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

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

Slow-moving unimaginative pap!

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

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

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

Yawn .

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

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

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

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

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

This was an enjoyable movie.

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

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

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

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

A vicious and thrilling social criticism of British aristocracy .

Boring and wimpy plot .

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.

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).

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

This is boring, boring, boring.

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!

Altman portrays only misery and empty lives everywhere.

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

Boredom at midnight.

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.

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.

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

Boring or what.

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.

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

boring .

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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 ...

Really boring movie .

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.

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.

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.

What a waste of time and talent.

Film is so boring, sooooooo.

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

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

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

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.

The humor is quite bland.

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

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

The movie was very slow and boring.

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

Save your money.

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.

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.

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).

It gets boring.

Boring and pointless .

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

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

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

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

I fell asleep.


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

Yes, it's slow.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

yawn .


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

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

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

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.

) 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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

I was so bored, it was painful.

This truly was an intelligent, entertaining movie.

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.

Dull pace.

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

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

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

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

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).

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

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

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

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.

The definition of boring .

Enjoyable .

The writer's commentary is fascinating.

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.

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

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


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

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

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.

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

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.

Endless group scenes talky and boring .

Rather boring and pointless.

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

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.

Well made but hard to follow and to maintain interest .

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

Very boring .

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

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

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.


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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

This is an incredibly slow moving film.

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

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.

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

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

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.

Zzzzz .

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.

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.

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.

Worst Movie I Have Ever Seen .

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

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


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

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

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

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

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!

A underutilised cast, pointless plot, and tiresome cliche.

You either find this entertaining or pretty lame.

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.

The dialog is boring and hard to follow.

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

The murder mystery was boring.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Slow burner .

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

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

snore fest .

Boring !!!

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