Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. 100
    A Room with a View enjoys its storytelling so much that I enjoyed the very process of it. The story moved slowly, it seemed, for the same reason you try to make ice cream last: because it's so good.
  2. 100
    More than a great love story. It's both a lighthearted and deeply impassioned inspirational lesson about life. [4 April 1986]
  3. Reviewed by: Lawrence O'Toole
    100
    A movie with exquisite period detail. [8 Apr 1994]
  4. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    90
    Perhaps the primary reason A Room With a View is so involving is that Ivory has cast the film perfectly, and given each of the actors ample room to breathe. Even the characters you're not supposed to like are allowed their moments of vulnerable humanity.
  5. As Lucy Honeychurch, Miss Bonham Carter gives a remarkably complex performance of a young woman who is simultaneously reasonable and romantic, generous and selfish, and timid right up to the point where she takes a heedless plunge into the unknown.
  6. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    90
    Two cheers, at least, for permitting the past to appear not as a stern lesson but as a delicious irrelevance. [10 Mar 1986]
  7. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    90
    Distinguished by superb ensemble acting, intelligent writing and stunning design.
  8. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    80
    It's hard to believe A Room With a View cost so little; the costumes and sets are dazzling and the acting is superb--from two-time Oscar-winner Smith to the smallest role, there's not a false note.
  9. It's all rather amusing, but after awhile you tire of all the perfect little nuances about characters who seem like prototypes for a certain type of Victorian novel. [6 Mar 1986, p.23(E)]
  10. 70
    It's enjoyably trivial – a piece of charming foolishness. [24 Mar 1986, p.112]
  11. Bonham Carter is like an undergraduate in a university production who seems rather good considering that her performance is only an intelligent diversion while she prepares herself for a career in another field. [24 Mar 1986]
  12. Reviewed by: Dave Kehr
    30
    Though it's meant as a droll comedy of manners, what emerges is mincing, crabbed, and petty.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Nov 28, 2010
    10
    Quite simply, The best film I have ever seen...Required viewing for any true hopeless romantic. "Beauty"!!!!!!! ?