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  • Summary: A love triangle between Boston suffragist Olive Chancellor (Redgrave), her protegée Verena Tarrant (Potter), and southern lawyer Basil Ransom (Reeve).
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Michael Blowen
    100
    The filmmaking team of director James Ivory, screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and producer Ismail Merchant, remained loyal to James, assembled a brilliant cast and created one of the best films of the year. [10 Aug 1984]
  2. To say it right out, The Bostonians is the best movie I've seen all year.
  3. The moral ambiguity of James's novel has been skillfully captured in the film, as has its remarkable modernity.
  4. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    50
    Elegant, stylish, and ultimately boring adaptation of the James novel.
  5. The Bostonians, from the novel by Henry James, is the story of their relationship, one of the strangest in literature. Unfortunately, that strangeness has survived the transfer to the screen less than intact, and satiric oddity has been replaced by romantic banality. Redgrave's performance - red-eyed, quivering, opalescent - is peerless, the one incontrovertible reason to see the film. [23 Nov 1984]
  6. 20
    You get the plot, all right, but that's all you get - no body, no texture, no rhythm, no shading.

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