Downton Abbey film reviews round-up: what the critics say

Downton Abbey’s much-anticipated cinematic adaptation has arrived and critics have had their say on Julian Fellowes’ period drama.

The hugely popular TV series aired on ITV from 2010 to 2015 and followed the fortunes of the aristocratic Crawley family and their downstairs servants at a Yorkshire country estate.

The film kicks off in 1927, shortly before a royal visit to Downton Abbey by King George V and Queen Mary.

Many of the cast members from the original series have returned, including Dame Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Michelle Dockery and Elizabeth McGovern.

After the film’s world premiere in London on Monday, the first reviews arrived. Critics are largely united in calling the film a decent, if unspectacular, adaptation.

Giving the film three stars, The Telegraph’s Tim Robey wrote: “Upscaling the cosy charms of the series hasn’t entirely worked, in that you couldn’t say this comfortably belongs in a cinema at any stage. Watching it is like settling into a reupholstered armchair which still creaks in the same old places.”

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