"'A New Era' is two hours of charming, breezy escapism"
— Matthew Bilodeau, Slashfilm
"This is an affectionate, escapist hug of a movie — like being wrapped in a doily."
— James Dyer, Empire Magazine
"First and foremost, this remains a film for the fans. As such, Downton Abbey: A New Era is a triumph."
— Rachel LaBonte, Screen Rant
"More poignant moments tug at the heartstrings effectively, and are swiftly followed by smiles: This is a film designed to cheer people up."
— Anna Smith Deadline, Hollywood Daily
"It’s arranged around the need to give all the main cast members their moment in the sun, whether it’s shining on the Mediterranean or the lush lawns and fields of Downton."
— Sandra Hall Sydney, Morning Herald
"The great allure of the Downton sequel is, once again, Maggie Smith... When, watching the film-within-the-film being made, she says “I’d rather earn my living down a mine”, you can only believe her. Such a star."
— David Sexton, New Statesman
"'We have to be able to enter the 1930s with our heads held high,' Dockery says – another hint that further Downtons may just keep roaring down the road, Fast & Furious-style. But it’s hard to believe that any could serve as a better send-off than this."
— Robbie Collin, The Telegraph
"'A New Era' doesn’t feel like a cash-grab, but a true continuation. Lush settings, well-appointed sets, and an eye-popping wardrobe only add to the magic, and good luck not happily sinking into two hours of confectionary entertainment. (The endless jokes about the film industry somehow only add to the zip of it all.)"
— Kate Erbland, IndieWire