The Bookshop (2017) - Drama

Hohum Score

94

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England 1959. In a small East Anglian town, Florence Green decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition, to open a bookshop.

IMDB: 6.4
Director: Isabel Coixet
Stars: Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy
Length: 113 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 22 out of 88 found boring (25%)

One-line Reviews (55)

An enjoyable watch .

The ending totally unexpected.

Sorry, it was dull .

Really enjoyed this slow paced, unfolding tale.

The pace is so slow and creeping, probably to add gravity where there is none.

I enjoyed it even though I had to pause it when I saw what was coming.

While the movie itself is incredibly slow it's great to see these themes explored as they are alive and well today.

But this twist at the end is also not entirely positive because the narration, at the beginning still frequent, is on a level where it felt truly pretentious with really every sentence.

I really wanted to enjoy this movie and went along expecting it to be a typical, gentle, rather slow English nostalgia film.

In fact, almost everything about the plot, which pitches the whole town against poor Florence and her bookshop, feels weirdly contrived and unbelievable.

Great concept but poorly executed - still well worth the watch.

The characters are quite unique and enjoyable but it is undeniably slow.

The Book Shop is a superb novel, but it has been made into a trite and boring film, without emotion or skill.

Too long, too predictable, too much cover .

Echoes of Dylan Thomas' Under Milkwood whisper throughout the deliciously slow film The Bookshop (2017), a village drama that captures the essence of old-world Britishness.

The most entertaining part of the film was when a lady in the back row of the cinema started snoring.

Sweet movie but really slow .

Unexpectedly dull and lifeless .

A story of stubborn determination, small village power plays and unexpected allies.

But it was so incredibly slow I almost gave up watching it.

Interactions between the protagonists are slow paced reflecting English reserve and are interspersed with scenes of the idyllic coastal scenery.

I have to admit I became bored out of my mind, and it became an endurance test to make it through the film.

Overall, I found it a bit bland and cheesy.

The bookshop atmosphere and great cast made it a worth watching movie.

If you want a ponderous, naturalistic film executed to perfection, watch the outstanding "Roma".

The pace was painfully slow.

Slow, slow, slow....

The book on which this film is based is apparently well-regarded, though it's hard to see why from this stodgy, sullen, snail-paced adaptation.

How friendships can come from unexpected places.

It was very dull and the story was terrible and so dull I would rather watch paint dry.

In the end, the whole movie just seemed pointless and I added it to my ever-growing list of "how on earth did this thing ever get made" movies.

The story is full of examples of strength of the human spirit and how good eventually overcomes wickedness in unpredictable ways.

Altogether, an enjoyable (if slow-moving) movie.

Stunning British setting in the late fifties (with genuine decors), very good roles especially the shopowner and isolated village inhabitant.

This film is an absolute treasure and I enjoyed it very much.

Entertaining is not quite the word.

Slow moving and well made, difficulties of an outsider opening a bookshop.

A predictable, lackluster script that crawls toward a lack luster conclusion that finds many grumbling...

But that is a minor distraction in an otherwise flawlessly directed, slow-burning village drama of how books and ideas can change the world we live in.

The last scenes make the entire film worth watching,(a tad slow I'll admit) , until you get there and unexpectedly see how this charming story delightfully ends.

Completely engrossing and a welcome change from car chases and explosions.

I will sum it up as follows: a nonsensical and faint plot, poor acting - except Mr Nighy and the lead actress - poor dialogue, boring scenes which added nothing, a dreadful range of put-on accents, a terrible ending.

nihilistic, drab, drivel .

Slow moving, long soundless moments, and nothing of substance (except the final scene).

Was very hard to stop myself from falling asleep.

It is both unoriginal and uneventful, with an ending that left most of the audience in the cinema murmuring 'oh' and 'is that it?

For all that, it's most enjoyable - especially for Irish people who will enjoy the shots of Strangford / Portaferry.

The village is Strangford in which I spent some of my youth and it is absolutely as stunning as here depicted.

Went to see this with no expectations, but it would have to be the most boring film I've ever seen.

Absolutely Boring .

That's primarily due to the slow pace of the film and you might even say the one-dimensionality of the principal players.

Dreary direction aside, there are problems with the plot that one can only assume come from the source material.

Entertaining -great performance by Bill Nighy .

a slow-moving village drama full of old-world Britishness .

Intolerably Slow and Affected .