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Gosford Park

Gosford Park

2001
Mystery
2h 17m
Set in the 1930s the story takes place in an old fashioned English country house where a family has invited many of their friends up for a weekend shooting party. The story centers around the McCordle family, particularly the man of the house, William McCordle. Getting on in years William has become benefactor to many of his relatives and friends. As the weekend goes on and secrets are revealed, it seems everyone, above stairs and below, wants a piece of William and his money, but how far will they go to get it? (imdb)
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Gosford Park

2001
Mystery
2h 17m
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Rated 11 Feb 2020
65
48th
Filmed during the one week where every single English actor in the country gathers at an old mansion. So dry even the murder was milquetoast.
Rated 27 Apr 2008
85
84th
Wonderfully complicated murder mystery, with a surfeit of interesting characters entwined in a tangled web of relationships. If you can keep straight each characters social status, motives and secrets while following the at times rapid-fire overlapping dialogue, it is extremely rewarding. Many fine performances, none more so than the ice cold Helen Mirren and the exquisitely acid tongued Maggie Smith.
Rated 04 Jan 2011
92
82nd
I'm sad that the Criticker community seems to have no love for this impossibly rich, flawlessly written, beautifully shot gold mine of character and period detail. Like all Altman films, it demands to be viewed more than once; I've seen this over and over again and it seems fresh every time. The acting is generally spot-on, but the women, esp. KST, Dames Maggie and Helen, Watson, and the heartbreakingly perfect unknown Blakely are standouts. A wonderfully decadent treat, and one of my favorites.
Rated 14 May 2008
87
91st
The complex relationships beneath all the stuffiness and superficial decorum are laid out in a careful and authentic way. The atmosphere is perfectly captured too, kind of muundane on the surface, but all the while there are of hidden wars being waged between the banality.
Rated 16 Aug 2013
55
34th
Seeing this film now, it's rather difficult not to think of it as writer Julian Fellowes' prototype of Downton Abbey. There are far too many characters here, and a 2-hour movie isn't enough to get to know them. This is a shame, as the film has a fantastic cast. It's over an hour in before we get to the murder mystery plot, and even then it doesn't really get any more interesting. I was often bored and I didn't really like it, overall.
Rated 12 Dec 2006
64
15th
I found this unbearably slow and the mystery is not all that exciting. Some good performances though.
Rated 27 Sep 2013
50
44th
The gravitas that the powerhouse cast brings to the table is what's worth seeing. Unfortunately, outside of that, the story is rather uninteresting, before AND after the murder mystery comes into play, and there's not nearly enough time for all the characters. Ultimately, the estranged mother and orphaned son storyline is compelling, but I could care less about the douchebag who everyone wanted to murder. You'd be better of rewatching Rules of the Game (or Clue if that's more your style).
Rated 17 Nov 2008
70
56th
I'm not sure about this one, the only thing I know is that there were too many characters. At the end of the movie I was still thinking things like 'who the hell was that guy and what has he done again?'. But it was pretty entertaining and there were some good scenes, the crime/mystery part was also pretty good..
Rated 28 Dec 2019
44
14th
Very long and boring with undeveloped characters. First half was pain in the ass. Expected some murder mystery and I've got 2 hours of mumbling.
Rated 30 Jun 2011
60
29th
Agatha Christie-esque mystery, an ensemble of people I worship and Robert Altman. And yet, "Gosford Park" manages to underwhelm. It's certainly pleasant, with many enjoyable scenes, but it never fully utilizes neither the magnificent cast, providing most of them with underdeveloped characters, nor the potential for a fascinating mystery. Altman's unfocused camera is more interested in depicting these people's social interactions rather than the central enigma and the result is far from gripping.
Rated 15 Sep 2020
60
54th
A very well paced whodunit that embraces the atmosphere of the period without relying on it solely to engage the audience. The cast are all very well chosen for their respective roles and all deliver performances that serve the meandering plot.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
40
10th
I tried to be all artsy and really enjoy this movie, but its just so damn confusing and haughty. I'd probably have to watch it again to really get it, and I just don't want to do that.
Rated 10 Mar 2013
81
75th
It is full of despicable characters, so it is a bit hard to watch in the beginning; but the fast-paced, constant movement between the "upstairs" and "below the stairs" is really interesting. It is an Agatha Christie mystery plus all the grisly, annoying details of the life of English High Class. Up until the end, I was so-so about it, but I really enjoyed the last twist and the reasoning behind it.
Rated 25 Jan 2007
85
89th
Hilarious, impressively crafted period piece. Altman at his finest.
Rated 07 Mar 2008
65
5th
Hugely disappointing and rather frustrating movie. I SO wanted to like it, as the cast is great and the premise sounded interesting, but I ended up being mostly annoyed with it.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
21st
Not quite as thrilling or interesting as I had hoped.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
55
53rd
Not Altman's best in my view, with the class critique a little too obvious from start to finish. But of course, this is the Altman film that gets a best picture Oscar nomination, and wins best director at the Golden Globes. It's OK, but it would be lucky to scrape into his top twenty best films.
Rated 17 Apr 2011
66
42nd
Well executed, but the character interaction is pretty uninteresting, and not enough to carry the movie on it's own.
Rated 16 Feb 2010
90
98th
It's an Upstairs/Downstairs class film in which the Upstairs scenes are mainly comedic and the downstairs mainly dramatic (a reversal from the norm). If I had to single out anyone for special praise it would be Emily Watson --even the way she walks is perfect. Altman's style is ideal, allowing his actors to develop their characters as his roving camera eavesdrops on them, as a servant might. It's a participatory style that engages the viewer's eyes, ears, and brain -a flawlessly directed film.
Rated 10 Mar 2022
77
65th
There's a kind of boutique artistry in its calculated chaos of dialogue, labyrinthine mise-en-scène, and Byzantine social mores. As a murder mystery it's a failure (Stephen Fry shows up as a D-grade Alastair Sim who also gets bored with it and leaves without solving anything). But in the midst of all this rigid polite chicanery comes an issue so dark and cancerous I found myself in shock. That the artifice of the film - and its real-life social proxy - obscures it in this boredom is masterful.
Rated 24 Dec 2012
88
95th
It might be tricky to keep track of the boatload of characters the movie kind of dumps on you, each with their own motivations, secrets and ways they relate to each other. But once you do, what follows is just delicious. A killer cast in a story filled with scheming, backstabbing, class issues, and a murder mystery to boot? Yes please. So many small, blink-and-you-miss-them moments that add up to something really great. A very satisfying watch.
Rated 17 Sep 2019
70
57th
with a glass of grog on her left she gazed upon the window, clear because it had been just cleaned again this morning. now easier to enjoy the view of the family estate as the bloody american had just stopped slamming the piano. maggie thought to herself: "fuck the poor"
Rated 14 Aug 2007
50
16th
Oh! How farcical!
Rated 14 Mar 2011
72
87th
This movie is like swiss clock - millions of little and big details that interact with each other form a single object that works with superb precision. Though you have to pay close attention not to miss anything (hardly possible on single viewing) watching how well this creation of Altman works a pleasure. Granted, story could have been more interesting, but this is one of those films where process of watching it is more important than what you receive from it.
Rated 24 Jun 2012
3
28th
Cluster fuck: the movie
Rated 08 Mar 2008
83
75th
The introduction of the characters of this movie was both the most frustrating and most interesting aspect of it. You're forced to learn about the relationships between the characters on the fly - and even their identities - but at the end it pays off because it's absolutely integral to the plot. I hated this movie at times while I was watching it, but by the time the credits rolled I thought it was fantastic. Very well done.
Rated 22 Feb 2021
82
72nd
What a dark movie this secretly is. I love it for it. Of course, the toxic, the early 2000s weren't able to grapple with it and marked it as a light costume drama. Thankfully I saw it 20 years after its initial release. Time is a blessing and nobody takes his time to build a world and put it on fire right in front of your eyes like Altman.
Rated 13 Oct 2007
94
95th
Delightful. Altman explores the upstairs/downstairs dynamic with verve and curiosity, combining a seemingly unending cast of characters, each of whom somehow turn out to be believable human beings. Altman's use of overlapping dialogue, a constantly moving camera, and a real sense of democracy in covering the characters makes the subject feel more like British society and not just a single group at a country house. Fine performances all around, especially the criminally underrated Stephen Fry.
Rated 25 Mar 2012
80
71st
So it turns out Downton Abbey has been missing something for me all along: Robert Altman! I can finally see how it's done correctly, like in many of his films: every character has enough depth to be doing something of interest in every appearance they have. Not only is it a hell of a fine acting smorgasbord, but it's very funny too; special props go to Bob Balaban as the clueless American producer. I suppose it's sort of average Altman, but that's usually a cut above most other films anyway.
Rated 28 Sep 2008
40
4th
Largely insufferable, I fell asleep twice attempting to get through it.
Rated 04 Dec 2013
85
95th
Very much enjoy this movie - although even after repeated viewings I don't "get" the ending. Something doesn't quite add up. But it remains one of only a handful of movies I've watched more than twice on purpose.
Rated 18 Apr 2011
75
80th
Best of class. Better than any of the merchant ivory "shit" (that's a quentin taranteno quote)
Rated 14 Aug 2007
77
71st
Gets better with every viewing.
Rated 28 Jan 2017
80
62nd
Gosford Park is a great who-done-it mystery with a fantastic cast of characters. Fans of Downton Abbey will enjoy the mixture of upstairs/downstairs life going on in this movie. The cast and characters of this movie are unique. Emily Watson shows love for Gambon's McCordle character but the rest of the cast seems to really dislike the man. It is here that the true plot of the movie picks up becasue McCordle is murdered one night after a scene caused during dinner concerning money.
Rated 06 Aug 2010
4
23rd
esse foi tão chato que fomos numa galera no cinema e todos dormiram menos o Brunoro!!!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
10
5th
B. O. R. I. N. G.
Rated 07 May 2008
4
34th
Recommendable although The Rules of the Game does everything this film attempts to do so much better.
Rated 21 Aug 2012
65
21st
A decent film and nothing more. The acting is great as well as the directing. I just think the writers bit off more than they could chew with all of the characters they tried to develop. In the end the audience is left with a bunch of half developed lackluster characters and a mildly amusing investigation. Altman gives another example of his versatility as a director and the actors are certainly willing and able. Too bad the screenplay was so unfocused and overreaching.
Rated 09 May 2018
16
4th
just watch Festen instead
Rated 22 Dec 2013
86
67th
A mixture of Upstairs, Downstairs, Clue, and perceptive social commentary, Gosford Park ranks among director Altman's best.
Rated 03 Jul 2010
80
78th
It gets some things wrong but it gets more things right. This handsomely crafted period piece works best as a social commentary with its witty take on the shallow and snobbish upper class. The murder mystery is handled relatively well although not very convincingly but it does get a good and poignant resolution. The characters, though, are underdeveloped but even that is salvaged by the great dialogue and the terrific acting.
Rated 17 Oct 2010
66
26th
A fantastic ensemble cast carry this mild-mannered and equal look at the early-1900s upper-class and their many servants working around the expansive mansion. Personally, this is very detached and leaves you with an intelligent, but cold sting, like what an upper-class snob can do to you.
Rated 22 Mar 2008
60
27th
Just 'cause your movie is about boring people doesn't meant hat your movie should be boring too. Even Helen Mirren couldn't save it.
Rated 17 May 2008
100
92nd
Evidence of Altman's genius.
Rated 10 Oct 2011
75
26th
Confusing, even a bit boring, but ultimately successful. It is more about the class system than it is about a murder mystery (I was a bit disappointed about that), but the acting is strong enough to make me not care. I figure it is a good candidate for a rewatch sometime in the future.
Rated 10 Mar 2011
70
79th
Somewhat boring in parts, but the acting is pretty brilliant. Loved Maggie Smith and her snide comments (some barely audible in the background because it is an Altman film).
Rated 06 Aug 2023
65
0th
Interesting movie, but no show stopper.
Rated 05 Apr 2008
50
23rd
choppy; just average
Rated 27 Jul 2007
84
67th
Not to be watched half-assedly but it does rewards careful viewing. Clive Owen for the win.
Rated 02 Feb 2013
79
32nd
Sublimely composed, but ultimately too dry and soulless to be a great film. Helen Mirren is my standout of the film.
Rated 20 May 2012
35
76th
The film is possibly the closest thing I've ever seen to a true ensemble. Each cast member gets their fair share of time to chew up the scenery, in true British style.
Rated 22 Mar 2013
75
56th
You're doing very well if you can keep up with the who's who of this when there's so much backstory and so many relationships and whatnot to stay on top of as information is thrown at you but it is all so interesting that it never turns in to a labour but remains a joy to watch throughout. In fact the film's weakness is when, in its second half, it strays towards a plot, because the characters are just so much more interesting than any murder mystery could ever be.
Rated 05 Jan 2017
63
54th
It has been pointed out a million times, but it is hard to ignore the parallels to Rules of The Game, which creates false expectations that Gosford Park has really no hope of meeting. This is supposedly Altman's take on the murder mystery, but unlike his great genre bending works of the 70's, G.P is less concerned with genre reinvention than it is with bland social commentary. It's a toothless exploration of upstairs-downstairs classicism that is well crafted but ultimately safe.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
55
18th
agathe christi- no...jane austen - no... so then what?
Rated 19 Sep 2011
57
79th
#11#, liked, oldies(2) }*{ #02#, reviews, story, (dir Altman), (casting)
Rated 08 Jun 2019
90
39th
Dort of Downton Abbey/Upstairs Downstairs directed by Altman.
Rated 11 Mar 2012
40
54th
I had a pretty fractured viewing of this one. Took me a few days of disconnected watchin before I got through it but that didn't diminish the quality. I don't think anyone could deny the depth of talent involved both on and off screen. It's a bit of a letdown: A good movie made by an amazing production team.
Rated 26 Jan 2010
89
80th
The mystery is solid, and Altman's direction is flawless.
Rated 18 Oct 2007
50
29th
Interesting period piece. Well acted and cast. The DVD extras are more interesting than the movie.
Rated 25 Jan 2015
6
45th
borde inte vara tråkig men är ändå just det, lite
Rated 15 Feb 2015
3
73rd
Some fun moments and a cracking cast but horribly short of surprises, especially for a mystery.
Rated 19 May 2008
88
86th
Charming, well acted and a perfect period piece. A brilliantly cast film with a real sense of the 1930's. Worth every moment. Not the paciest of films but certainly one of the most accurate glimpses into the time.
Rated 24 Jan 2020
83
43rd
One of the few movies I've enjoyed the first time but not the second
Rated 15 Nov 2014
90
82nd
I love watching this movie. It's like enjoying a favorite meal. It's beautiful and it's relaxing (which is an odd description for a murder story, I'll admit), and everyone in it is just perfect. I mean everyone. I *want* to bring up names, like Helen Mirren is wonderful, and Maggie Smith, of course, and OOH I love Jeremy Northam and Stephen Fry's roles, but... no, seriously, EVERYONE is wonderful.
Rated 21 Aug 2018
60
42nd
Well made and written, with a large cast of fairly big names. It’s flaws are due to just how massive the cast is, how long it takes to get to the murder mystery part, and how the mystery itself is more or less glossed over. I was relatively entertained during the second half of the film (up until the last 10 minutes), but not engrossed in it. The large cast doesn’t just make it hard to like the characters, but hard to really guess who did it when I forgot half of them existed.
Rated 28 Jun 2014
3
65th
A bit slow at first, do to the introduction of the massive cast. After an hour or so, things get going and the intrigues begin to unfold. If you payed attention to the details, the ending won't come as a surprise. I would have wanted a classic "who-did-it" mystery in the last hour, but have to be satisfied with a nice story and a great cast. - Good
Rated 17 Jun 2017
54
3rd
so utterly useless, complete waste, i downloaded it to see Clive Owen, but his part is very small fill ins, so not worth it, also i'll not want to watch a movie no matter when it was released, set in early time. Damn 1930, wow for acting, but damn so much time , brain wasted.
Rated 18 Jan 2007
69
19th
Gosford Park is an elegant production sporting a screenplay that's more or less a classical approach to Clue. I think its biggest shortcomings stem from its pacing, which is as deliberately slow as frozen syrup, and it lacks a certain je ne sais quoi - a certain punch. The script also does a lackluster job establishing characters, making the audience work to remember who everyone is and why they matter to this story. A fair picture that could've been great after much sharpening.
Rated 10 Mar 2012
87
94th
I really liked this film. Altman did a great job of incorporating a murder mystery into a period piece and with a huge amount of actors. The rich and servant classes were interesting. One of my only complaints would be the worrying amount of characters as I found it hard to connect the names to the faces, but the film was well done. A murder, a mansion, and many guests, and Altman handles it masterfully.
Rated 10 Mar 2008
60
6th
it's been ages since I've seen this, so perhaps I'd change my mind now. But I recall it being confusing.
Rated 19 Feb 2009
80
68th
One of the few good Altman movies
Rated 29 Feb 2012
71
29th
Need to rewatch.
Rated 04 Oct 2012
86
78th
precursor for Downton Abbey, highly entertaining
Rated 09 Apr 2009
100
93rd
Witty, acute, splendidly acted dissection of a way of life at the point of its disintegration; it captures not only the antagonism between the working- and upper-classes, but also their complicity in the continuation of a decadent social system.
Rated 08 Mar 2021
99
72nd
https://esperwatchesfilms.tumblr.com/post/645115262397513728/gosford-park-2001
Rated 05 Mar 2008
10
4th
The accents were so thick I could hardly decipher what they were saying on my rented VHS copy! I never finished it.
Rated 27 Jan 2017
74
68th
This was so close to being great. A wonderful cast with many excelling in the scenes afforded to them. It starts slowly, presumably to afford enough time to develop the multitude of characters and builds up to the key moment of the story. However instead of kicking on from here to the expected solving of the mystery of everything they just set up, GP just spins its wheels for 45 mins before ending well. It's just frustrating that section derails the momentum of the film significantly.
Rated 09 Aug 2007
80
77th
Fantastic cast. How'd they get so many amazing actors in one place?
Rated 02 Feb 2013
73
71st
On one level, a classic whodunit. It's good on that level, but nothing special. On another level, it's a great examination of class structure. Although it succeeds on that level, there are simply too many characters for it to really flesh out the theme. That theme is done much, much better on the tv show Downton Abbey, which is very obviously inspired by Gosford Park.
Rated 02 Mar 2009
50
56th
Not very surprising plot, but enjoyable.
Rated 03 Dec 2014
78
69th
Very British, very Altmanesque. Great cast.
Rated 28 Oct 2007
4
2nd
The very definition of an overly long and unnecessarily complex movie.
Rated 06 Mar 2008
91
59th
hmm... this was the last movie I watched with this family friend of ours before she committed suicide. I think I was in 8th grade. Spring. Good movie, though.
Rated 04 Jul 2008
50
23rd
The only thing left in my mind from the experience of seeing Gosford Park in theatres is "that was excruciating." I've no idea whose fault this is.
Rated 16 Sep 2018
65
24th
We got problems upstairs and down.
Rated 23 Mar 2014
85
83rd
85.000
Rated 04 Oct 2017
60
34th
Several British people try to outwit each other in terms of Britishness. Then one becomes too British and is murdered by one of the other Brits. An investigation starts to determine who could possibly do such a British thing. In the end it is decided that is was the British thing to do and everyone goes back to their own British ways. God save the Queen!
Rated 28 Sep 2009
89
93rd
Awesome movie! Brilliant combination of cast and a wonderful depiction of the life 'upstairs' and 'downstairs' in an English country house. It starts out as a typical little crime movie, but it quickly shapes its tone into another direction... it's the little things that matter...
Rated 23 May 2020
100
90th
I only saw this movie once and yet it stuck with me completely. A sign of a great film. The familiar English country house story, but slightly better, more human, more honest.
Rated 08 Mar 2008
40
34th
The idiosyncratic Altman doesn't deliver anything tangible here despite art crowd success.
Rated 30 Mar 2007
50
40th
Altman is way over appreciated.
Rated 18 Jul 2010
50
26th
A festival of fail.
Rated 07 Aug 2011
25
2nd
Not enjoyable.
Rated 08 May 2023
15
2nd
Someone got murdered, I think. Sorry, but I can't keep track of 60 different actors, none of which really look all that different from each other and all wear the same style of clothing. I couldn't get into the storyline at all.
Rated 31 Jul 2009
5
11th
BOOOO RRRRINNNG
Rated 27 Jun 2019
5
93rd
Of course this film exists in the shadow of The Rules of the Game, but where Renoir was essentially good-natured, Altman offers no scruples or pity for this absurd display of pomposity. Eat the rich. It's another amazing assembly of performances from a filmmaker renowned for ensemble pieces, but it's also somewhat atypically plotty for his modus operandi. The murder mystery yarn is fun.
Rated 03 Mar 2018
50
37th
"Scum Park".
Rated 08 Nov 2010
40
2nd
I didn't care for any of the characters.
Rated 05 Jul 2012
85
83rd
Fairly entertaining.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
68
43rd
The Altmania equivalent of popcorn: it's sly and witty, the ensemble crackles and the mystery isn't too obvious. Unfortunately it also has no teeth and is worthless

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