“ a slow-moving village drama full of old-world Britishness .
“ The characters are quite unique and enjoyable but it is undeniably slow.
“ Indeed, when the pair appear together on the beach, an elegantly-dressed and poised Mortimer's perceptibly slow move towards Nighy, before he takes her hand and kisses it - is moving, erotic and right from every point of view, deftly portraying something that goes beyond trivial affection or even love (they hardly know each other, really) in the direction of something really profound and truly sweet.
“ Stunning British setting in the late fifties (with genuine decors), very good roles especially the shopowner and isolated village inhabitant.
“ Slow, Boring, and Morally Grey .
“ 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.
“ From the theme revolving around a beat down house transformed into a charming bookshop to the strong and courageous portrayal of a meek and lonely divorced woman, everything about this story was fascinating.
“ This film is an absolute treasure and I enjoyed it very much.
“ Sorry, it was dull .
“ However, I found the film rather slow.
“ It is both unoriginal and uneventful, with an ending that left most of the audience in the cinema murmuring 'oh' and 'is that it?
“ It was a complete waste of my time.
“ Predictable much?
“ The ending totally unexpected.
“ A story of stubborn determination, small village power plays and unexpected allies.
“ The story is full of examples of strength of the human spirit and how good eventually overcomes wickedness in unpredictable ways.
“ Absolutely Boring .
“ An enjoyable watch .
“ Despite having a well known cast this film did nothing for me, being so slow and genteel that it lost me completely.
“ Sweet movie but really slow .
“ Really enjoyed this slow paced, unfolding tale.
“ If you want a ponderous, naturalistic film executed to perfection, watch the outstanding "Roma".
“ Slow, slow, slow....
“ Entertaining is not quite the word.
“ It was very dull and the story was terrible and so dull I would rather watch paint dry.
“ how archaic the town, how stodgy the people .
“ This is a slow moving, excruciatingly bad film.
“ Too long, too predictable, too much cover .
“ Brilliant and evocative.
“ That's primarily due to the slow pace of the film and you might even say the one-dimensionality of the principal players.
“ The pace was painfully slow.
“ 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.
“ 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 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.
“ Unexpectedly dull and lifeless .
“ Entertaining -great performance by Bill Nighy .
“ Slow moving and well made, difficulties of an outsider opening a bookshop.
“ The bookshop atmosphere and great cast made it a worth watching movie.
“ 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 enjoyed it even though I had to pause it when I saw what was coming.
“ nihilistic, drab, drivel .
“ I really wanted to enjoy this movie and went along expecting it to be a typical, gentle, rather slow English nostalgia film.
“ Dull script.
“ The village is Strangford in which I spent some of my youth and it is absolutely as stunning as here depicted.
“ A predictable, lackluster script that crawls toward a lack luster conclusion that finds many grumbling...
“ Was very hard to stop myself from falling asleep.
“ Overall, I found it a bit bland and cheesy.
“ Great concept but poorly executed - still well worth the watch.
“ Interactions between the protagonists are slow paced reflecting English reserve and are interspersed with scenes of the idyllic coastal scenery.
“ 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.
“ While the movie itself is incredibly slow it's great to see these themes explored as they are alive and well today.
“Altogether, an enjoyable (if slow-moving) movie.
“ Intolerably Slow and Affected .
“ Ridiculously slow and boring .
“ A calmly enjoyable journey .
“ Somehow enjoyable despite all the cliches .
“ The pace is so slow and creeping, probably to add gravity where there is none.
“ Slow moving, long soundless moments, and nothing of substance (except the final scene).
“ In fact, almost everything about the plot, which pitches the whole town against poor Florence and her bookshop, feels weirdly contrived and unbelievable.
“ Slow and completely implausible.
“ First let me say that I do have the ability to enjoy what some would consider a slowly paced movie like this one, as long as the story is worthwhile.
“ The bad are snobbish, manipulative and corrupt while others are tongue-tied and surly, or petty-minded and pointless.
“ Went to see this with no expectations, but it would have to be the most boring film I've ever seen.
“ How friendships can come from unexpected places.
“ Dreary direction aside, there are problems with the plot that one can only assume come from the source material.
“The most entertaining part of the film was when a lady in the back row of the cinema started snoring.
“ It's profoundly confusing that a movie as illogical and agitating as this can get a metascore of 62.
“ 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.
“ After spending precious time watching this dark and dreary movie, hoping for the best, the ending was worse than the horrible town where it took place.
“ Completely engrossing and a welcome change from car chases and explosions.
“ But it was so incredibly slow I almost gave up watching it.
“ The Book Shop is a superb novel, but it has been made into a trite and boring film, without emotion or skill.
“ For all that, it's most enjoyable - especially for Irish people who will enjoy the shots of Strangford / Portaferry.
“ I have to admit I became bored out of my mind, and it became an endurance test to make it through the film.