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8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 25 Ratings

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  1. Mar 1, 2011
    10
    I am still surprised as to how much I liked this movie. A butler? Really? And yet it was so well written, acted, directed that I thought it was outstanding.
  2. Jun 12, 2014
    10
    This is the best Merchant-Ivory film by a long long way. James Ivory captures the introspective feelings of Stevens, the repressed Butler, wonderfully and Anthony Hopkins portrays those feelings beautifully. Not much happens in the remains of the day but what happens is felt deeply. It's a slow meditation on the characters and Mr. Ivory cleverly doesn't sentimentalize or condemn: he merelyThis is the best Merchant-Ivory film by a long long way. James Ivory captures the introspective feelings of Stevens, the repressed Butler, wonderfully and Anthony Hopkins portrays those feelings beautifully. Not much happens in the remains of the day but what happens is felt deeply. It's a slow meditation on the characters and Mr. Ivory cleverly doesn't sentimentalize or condemn: he merely captures as though he were a passive observer. If you don't have enough patience, you'll never be able to appreciate the subtle strength of this film. This film really felt like a fresh breath of air from all the nauseating nonsense that's screened today. An absolute masterpiece. Expand
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84

Universal acclaim - based on 11 Critics

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  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
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  1. 100
    Hopkins and Thompson's downright marvelous duet is supported by a host of deft players, and the detailed re-creation of this small universe is in all ways remarkable.
  2. The actors keep this interesting, but as a story it drifts and rambles.
  3. 88
    The whole movie is quiet, introspective, thoughtful.