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Tuesday, 5 February, 2002, 18:39 GMT
Gosford Park: Press views
Gosford Park is directed by Robert Altman
Gosford Park has been well received by the press
Press reviews of Gosford Park

The Guardian

The result is an extraordinarily elegant piece of film-making - far better than it seemed when I first saw it under adverse conditions last year. Witty, moving, intriguing, it is accurate in its social and physical detail and performed by the most outstanding British cast ever assembled.

The Times

The point is constantly drummed home that the rich characters (the toffs) are sour, bad and eternally grasping, while the poor (the servants) are put-upon but inherently decent. Which is fine by me, but might give some the impression that they are watching a long-lost Marxist edition of Upstairs Downstairs.

The Independent

Robert Altman, returning to the multi-character drama of which he has been a brilliant and erratic master, is on cracking form in Gosford Park. An upstairs-downstairs comedy of manners entwined with a murder mystery, it showcases aspects of his talent - the relaxed, improvisatory movement, the expert directing of an ensemble, the incisive wit - we haven't seen in a long while.

London Evening Standard

One review of mine can hardly do justice to this magnificent film; while two reviews would self-indulgently kill a lot of the pleasure film-goers will find themselves uncovering in the many layers of social comment, satirical wit and acute psychological insight into the crowds of characters - 20 stars alone appear above the title.

The Daily Telegraph

He (Robert Altman) plays with the conventions of the English murder-mystery in beautiful ways - in ways so surprising, and so stark, that only a venerable outsider to this culture could have had the guts to pull it off.

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