Metascore
90

Universal acclaim - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. 100
    At a time when too many movies focus every scene on a $20 million star, an Altman film is like a party with no boring guests.
  2. It's a scintillating comedy-drama and one of Altman's most richly moving and entertaining pictures.
  3. This territory is familiar if you remember the great BBC miniseries "Upstairs Downstairs," but Altman gives it a new twist with his restlessly roaming camera and incisively satirical approach. He's still near the peak of his powers.
  4. 100
    It ranks among Robert Altman's best work ever, and that its many satisfactions derive in large part from a superbly written screenplay by Julian Fellowes that has no equal this year.
  5. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    100
    Never has a film taken such relish in between-the-wars malice as Gosford Park.
  6. 88
    So deliciously absorbing and well done.
  7. No matter which floor you're on, the huge cast is extraordinary, and Altman gives the actors free rein to bring their characters to life despite such close quarters.
  8. 88
    What a relief to see a movie in which an audience responds with peals of laughter to subtle facial shifts as well as punch lines.
  9. At its best it is one of the most dynamic movies from a most dynamic filmmaker, now 76.
  10. Reviewed by: Carla Meyer
    75
    A British costume film that's funny but not at all fusty.
  11. Qualifies as a solid double, maybe a triple.
  12. 80
    We have an authentic Old Master working in our midst, and Gosford Park will at the very least remind everyone how masterful a helmsman Altman can be.
  13. 50
    Such a glorious cast, deployed to such trivial effect!
  14. It isn't about where you get, but how you get there -- and the getting there is a chewy delight.
  15. In the best Altman manner there are no real heroes and villains, only people trapped by their vanity and ambition and the straitjackets of classism.
  16. The movie might almost be winking at the fact that any single one of these performers could easily be the featured star of his or her own upper-crust period piece.
  17. A love affair between performer and filmmaker. The director shows off his ardor by eliciting from his actors aspects of their gifts that they themselves may not have known they had.
  18. 100
    At his best, Altman turns us into interlopers who have stumbled into a world that seems to predate us and persuades us it will continue to teem with life long after we leave the theater.
  19. 100
    Gosford Park abounds in scenes to savor. It's a feast, and one of Altman's best.
  20. A virtuoso ensemble piece to rival the director's "Nashville" and "Short Cuts" in its masterly interweaving of multiple characters and subplots.
  21. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    100
    The exhilaration is slow to build. It doesn't come from any one thing but from countless crosscurrents, tiny bits of color that fill out the portrait.
  22. 90
    Isn't much more than marvelous entertainment -- but then, that's a lot right there.
  23. It's the style of the thing, not the plot, that is the attraction here, the great way the cast has with the snarky dialogue.
  24. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    90
    Taking advantage of a splendid cast, a sharply focused script and the fresh English setting, "Gosford Park" emerges as one of the most satisfying of Robert Altman's numerous ensemble pictures.
  25. Without hesitation, I hand the comic award to Smith. She plays a pinched guest known as Constance, Countess of Trentham, to such a hilarious tee, her tee runneth over.
  26. 90
    Altman's technique also allows his huge cast to act up a storm, in the best sense. Gosford Park has roughly half the best actors in England in it.
  27. There are even more characters of interest here than in "Nashville."
  28. 80
    As with Altman's best movies, Gosford Park is above all an entrancing hum of atmosphere and texture.
  29. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    80
    A fine, well-groomed entertainment, but the road it takes has already been well paved.
  30. It's a very funny movie in that sniffy Brit way.
  31. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    100
    The movie is so fun that it wouldn't need the mystery to be top-notch entertainment.
  32. 100
    Altman achieves his dream of a truly organic form, in which everyone is connected to everyone else, and life circulates around a central group of ideas and emotions in bristling orbits. [14 Jan 2002, p. 92]
  33. A wickedly astute and beautiful comedy of manners-cum-murder mystery, it's too dense, and occasionally confusing, to grasp fully the first time around. How lucky, then, that it's also too much fun to see just once.
  34. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    30
    Tedium overwhelms caring well before this endless film finally concludes.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 145 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 83
  2. Negative: 31 out of 83
  1. Aug 27, 2010
    7
    Billed as an elaborate murder-mystery, Gosford Park is not so much that (the murder doesn't occur until well over halfway through the film) but rather a dense societal study, as would be expected of Altman. In this endeavor he succeeds, creating a web of characters in which every passing interaction solidifies the whole ensemble. However, it fails to strike any dramatical nerve, and the unveiling of the mystery is delivered as more of a necessary exposition rather than a turning point. Full Review »
  2. Mar 17, 2012
    10
    One of the smartest films I have seen in a while. I found myself captivated by the drama surrounding these characters and by the numerous plot twists. The brilliant cast also contributes to making this the excellent film that it is. Full Review »
  3. Jan 17, 2012
    9
    No doubt GOSFORD PARK is Robert Altmanâ