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The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

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United Kingdom, France, United States · 2018
2h 4m
Director Mike Newell
Starring Lily James, Jessica Brown Findlay, Matthew Goode, Michiel Huisman
Genre Romance, Drama, History

Free-spirited writer Juliet Ashton forms a life-changing bond with the delightful and eccentric Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, when she decides to write about the book club they formed during the occupation of Guernsey in WWII. As she falls for one of the locals, her feelings about leaving become complicated.

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Screen International by Fionnuala Halligan

Smothering the screen with good intentions, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (adapted from Annie Barrow’s best-selling comfort novel of the same name) is British security-blanket film-making at its finest.


The New York Times by Glenn Kenny

Mr. Newell directs with sensitivity and the occasional invention; the movie has an almost tactile appreciation of period detail, as when Juliet sets to writing, the camera lingers on her onionskin typing paper. The cast is impeccable.


Variety by Guy Lodge

Undemanding yet never quite effortless, agreeable yet never quite engrossing, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society has fewer stumbling points than its loopy title, but that title sticks for longer than the rest of it.


The Hollywood Reporter by Harry Windsor

Buoyed by a reliably appealing star turn from James, this handsome tearjerker mostly sidesteps the tweeness of its title to become, somehow, both an old-fashioned romance and a detective story trumpeting gender equality.


Los Angeles Times by Kenneth Turan

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is an old-school, old-fashioned entertainment, a romantic drama bursting with scenic vistas and earnest charm that contains just enough mystery to keep us involved.

63 by Matt Fagerholm

For all of its breezy charm, what makes “Guernsey” an often frustrating experience is the fact that the story uncovered by Juliet is exceedingly more interesting than the one she finds herself confined within.


Empire by Olly Richards

A well told, beautifully acted drama that offers nothing new but a comforting level of familiarity and cosiness.


Movie Nation by Roger Moore

James is a winsome presence, with able support from Huisman, Powell, Goode, Courtenay, Parkinson and Wilton. But the story veers into pure melodrama.

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