The Bostonians

Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10

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Critic Reviews

  1. Boston Globe
    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. 80
    This is a classy adaptation of a Henry James novel.
  4. The moral ambiguity of James's novel has been skillfully captured in the film, as has its remarkable modernity.
  5. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Julie Salamon
    80
    By the end there isn't anyone to cheer for, except the makers of this thoughtful and absorbing piece of work. [02 Aug 1984]
  6. Elegant, stylish, and ultimately boring adaptation of the James novel.
  7. The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    Reviewed by: Jay Scott
    50
    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 Unfortunately, that strangeness has survived the transfer to the screen less than intact, and satiric oddity has been replaced by romantic banality.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]
  8. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    30
    Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's screenplay is less a response to its source than a careful college outline of it.
  9. 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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