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  • Summary: Merchant Ivory's adaptation of E.M. Forster's story of two unmarried sisters who befriend a poor young clerk and unwittingly ruin his life.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  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. Merchant, Ivory and Jhabvala triumph again with their entertaining, richly textured film. [13 March 1992]
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Terrence Rafferty
    90
    A handsome and intelligent piece of work: a faithful, well-paced, and carefully crafted dramatization of a very good story.
  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. The performances in this costume drama are wonderful.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. 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. Expand
  2. LaurieB
    Aug 30, 2009
    10
    This is simply an amazing film. The acting was so suberp, I was walking out of the house to go do something I had looked forward to all day, This is simply an amazing film. The acting was so suberp, I was walking out of the house to go do something I had looked forward to all day, the film came on and within moments I was glued to my chair. Beautifully filmed and acted. Emma Thompson won every award known to man for this role including the oscar. Collapse
  3. 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'... Expand
  4. Feb 16, 2012
    9
    The acting was amazing, the imagery superb. Although it can get boring, Howards End is a classic.
  5. [Anonymous]
    Sep 2, 2006
    5
    Very disappointing - despite the lovely settings, powerful story and some of the best actors. Performances unconvincing, and less than had expected.

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