Netflix's new original, 'The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society,' is a romantic movie that explores the aftermath of WWII

NetflixLily James in ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.’
  • Netflix’s new original movie, “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society,” has earned positive reviews from film critics and social media users since its premiere on Friday.
  • The film, a romantic drama/comedy set mainly on the island of Guernsey in the English Channel, in 1946, is adapted from a 2008 historical novel of the same name by Mary Anne Shaffer, and it stars Lily James.

Netflix’s original movie, “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society,” premiered on the service Friday and has earned positive reviews from film critics and social media users.

The film, a romantic drama/comedy set mainly on the island of Guernsey in the English Channel, in 1946, is adapted from a 2008 historical novel of the same name by Mary Anne Shaffer. It stars Lily James, Michiel Huisman, and Glen Powell.

Here’s Netflix’s description for the film: “A London writer bonds with the colourful residents of Guernsey as she learns about the book club they formed during the WWII German occupation.”

Currently at a 79% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes,”The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” has earned a few laudatory reviews from film critics.

“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,” Kenneth Turan wrote in a review for The Los Angeles Times.

“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,” Harry Windsor wrote for The Hollywood Reporter.

The film also illicited strong reactions from social media user:

Watch the movie on Netflix.

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