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Gosford Park is the magnificent country estate to which Sir William McCordle and his wife, Lady Sylvia, gather relations and friends for a shooting party. But all is not as it seems: events that bridge generations, class, sex, tragic personal history and culminate in a murder. (Or is it two murders...?)
Mystery - A very slow drama. It will likely appeal only to those who enjoy
character development over story development, because not much
happens to keep your interest. If your taste in movies runs close to
that of movie critics then you may enjoy this movie.
PROFANITY: 5 F-words, 2 S-words. Just a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Some sexual activity, no nudity shown. VIOLENCE: One person is killed. Not graphic. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some drinking to excess and cigarette smoking. ACTION: None COMEDY: Around a dozen smiles and another dozen chuckles.
The above rating is an average of the critic reviews below.
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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic
Review Good "Gosford Park resembles a jigsaw puzzle where every
piece is a tiny work of art, but, when everything is assembled into a whole, it
doesn't live up to the promise of its individual components. The less one
observes the film's overall storyline and approach and the more one lavishes
attention upon the "little things", the more satisfying the
movie-going experience is likely to be.''
Review Excellent ""Gosford Park" is the kind of generous,
sardonic, deeply layered movie that Altman has made his own. As a director he
has never been willing to settle for plot; he is much more interested in
character and situation, and likes to assemble unusual people in peculiar
situations and stir the pot. Here he is, like Prospero, serenely the master of
TV Guide OnlineFull
Review Average "Such a glorious cast, deployed to such trivial effect! This
ensemble mystery of manners is by no means the abomination some critics have
declared it: It's no RULES OF THE GAME, but if you think of it as a variation on
an Agatha Christie murder mystery, complete with much-loathed victim and a
cornucopia of colorful suspects, it's perfectly pleasant entertainment.''
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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Publisher Comments: (before opinions collected) SO SLOOOW! This is one of those movies critics love and moviegoers don't, at least that's my prediction. I'm hoping it will open at a theater that allows us to collect moviegoer opinions so I can see what others think of this movie. Very little happens from start to finish. About the only thing that is the least bit interesting is to see how the rich and poor lived and acted in the 30's.
It is November, 1932. Gosford Park is the magnificent country estate to which Sir William McCordle and his wife, Lady Sylvia, gather relations and friends for a shooting party. They have invited an eclectic group including a countess, a World War I hero, the British matinee idol Ivor Novello and an American film producer who makes Charlie Chan movies. As the guests assemble in the gilded drawing rooms above, their personal maids and valets swell the ranks of the house servants in the teeming kitchens and corridors below- stairs.
But all is not as it seems: neither amongst the bejewelled guests lunching and dining at their considerable leisure, nor in the attic bedrooms and stark work stations where the servants labor for the comfort of their employers.