Gosford Park
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Maverick American filmmaker Robert Altman takes a witty and absorbing look at the foibles of the British class system in this intelligent murder mystery set in the early '30s. Sir William McCordle (Michael Gambon) and his wife Lady Sylvia (Kristin Scott Thomas) are a pair of wealthy British socialites who have invited a variety of friends, relatives, and acquaintances to their mansion in the country for a weekend of hunting and relaxation. Among the honored guests are Constance (Maggie Smith), Lady Sylvia's matronly aunt; Ivor Novello (Jeremy Northam), William's cousin who is also… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

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"A scintillating comedy-drama and one of [Altman's] most richly moving and entertaining pictures."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Altman juggles about thirty different characters, moving them from the upper-class upstairs to the servants' quarters... and he does so without losing the audience."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Altman takes you from one delicious subplot to another, serving up mirth and misery in equal measure and exploring the gulf between the lives of those above and below stairs."
‑ Harry Guerin, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"Blends The Rules of the Game, Upstairs Downstairs and Ten Little Indians into a rich feast that will have adult filmgoers licking their chops."
‑ Tim Merrill, Film Threat
"Robert Altman expertly depicts pre-WWII British class struggle...There's no better portrait of hierarchical doom."
‑ Mark Palermo, Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
"Wonderful British whodunit with some sexual content."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Pret-a-Porter and Dr. T. & and the Women, tarnished his '90s comeback, but the ornery Altman is back in top form here."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"An intruguing commentary on the separation of the classes that will bring back memories of The Remains Of The Day."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"The most leaden and uninteresting threads of the film's first half become the most important elements in the murder mystery."
‑ Patrick "Flick" Harrison, Film Threat
"Altman invites an artistic conundrum: Should a movie be considered great if it only fits together after repeated viewings?"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"Contents and style converge smoothly and seductively in Altman's luxuriant period drama that applies Agatha Christie murder-mystery format to a rigorous anatomy of British class structure in the 1930s, with all the who's who in U.K. in the cast."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"please don't raise an eyebrow when you hear such lines as, "Desperate for a ***?" or "Too many fags. They'll be the death of me." The locale here is English society. The date: November 1932. And the "fags" that are being chatted about are puffed on, so pl"
‑ Brandon Judell, Gay.com UK
"An interesting ensemble mystery."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"An ambitious-but-off-kilter film that desperately searches for but never finds its mark."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"...the plot seems little more than an excuse to explore textures and generate atmosphere ... to present us with a microcosm of society worthy of Trollope."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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