The Bookshop

Coming to Cinemas 24 May 2018

Emily Mortimer (The Party) stars in this small town drama as a woman who opens up a bookshop against stiff competition. For 1959 England, the move puts her in a politically prickly position. Written and directed by Isabel Coixet, co-starring Bill Nighy (Their Finest) and Patricia Clarkson (who led Coixet's Learning to Drive).


Directed by

  • Isabel Coixet('The Secret Life of Words', 'Learning to Drive', 'Another Me')

Written by



Rating: PG Coarse language

Spain, UK, Germany

Variety (USA)


A fine, sensitive leading turn from Emily Mortimer helps shore up these quiet, lightly dust-covered proceedings, but can't quite put "The Bookshop" in the black.

The Telegraph (UK)


Coixet's script is a long way off perfect, but it's the least of her problems; the second least is the film's dirge of a score, but even that's a bummer.

Screen International


Ironically, given the subject, the script is stilted, with actors often stuck on pause and not even the silver-tongued Nighy able to coax more than a laugh or two from his lines.

Hollywood Reporter


Its subversive undercurrent, embodied in fine performances by Emily Mortimer and Bill Nighy, is what makes it really interesting.

The Times (UK)


It doesn't help that the film is pulverised by wall-to-wall narration.

FilmInk (Australia)


Not to put too fine a point on it, but it does get you in, and has subtle strengths which are not initially apparent. (Graeme Tuckett)


A fine advertisement for its namesake. Buy the book and stay home.