Howards End

Metascore
87

Universal acclaim - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9

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Critic Reviews

  1. 100
    Merchant and Ivory have regathered many of the cast and crew from their earlier films to work on this reproduction to exquisite effect.
  2. 100
    The splendid cast embodies the characters so fully that the events actually seem to be happening to them, instead of unfolding from a screenplay.
  3. The New York Times
    Reviewed by: Vincent Canby
    100
    Merchant, Ivory and Jhabvala triumph again with their entertaining, richly textured film. [13 March 1992]
  4. 90
    Perhaps the best film made during the 30-year partnership of Ismail Merchant and James Ivory.
  5. 90
    Incisively witty, provocative and acted to perfection, this sublime entertainment is a career peak for producer Ismail Merchant, director James Ivory and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.
  6. A handsome and intelligent piece of work: a faithful, well-paced, and carefully crafted dramatization of a very good story.
  7. The performances in this costume drama are wonderful.
  8. The filmmakers have allowed themselves an overlong 140 minutes in order to preserve as much of the plot as possible, but they have bypassed many of the novel's key ideas and ironies.
  9. This is the apotheosis of Classics Illustrated filmmaking, aiming at nothing more than tasteful reduction, and the fact that it's done so well here doesn't mean that it's necessarily worth doing.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Feb 16, 2012
    9
    The acting was amazing, the imagery superb. Although it can get boring, Howards End is a classic.
  2. Sep 22, 2014
    9
    My first of the Merchant Ivory works, and I was thoroughly impressed, though for all the fine craftsmanship, it seemed to be exactly likeMy first of the Merchant Ivory works, and I was thoroughly impressed, though for all the fine craftsmanship, it seemed to be exactly like Howards End after its matriarch died--empty, barren and without any soul whatsoever. That's what stops me from giving it a 10. And mysteriously, I kept on half-expecting Sir Anthony to say 'Margaret' like he did 'Clarisse' in The Silence of the Lambs'... Full Review »
  3. Dec 1, 2013
    10
    Excellent. How could anyone rate it less than a 10? If only people would gain insight from movies like this about the importance ofExcellent. How could anyone rate it less than a 10? If only people would gain insight from movies like this about the importance of preserving and protecting the environment. Emma Thompson's Oscar was well-deserved, but I thought Helena Bonham Carter should've also won one. Full Review »