A Room With a View (1985)

A Room With a View




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Movie Info

Set during the Edwardian era of England, A Room With a View finds Lucy, a proper young British lady, facing a dilemma -- should she marry the safe, nerdish Cecil, or opt for the unpredictability of the charismatic George whom she met while on a tour of the continent?

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 4, 2000
Cinecom Pictures


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Critic Reviews for A Room With a View

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (4)

A thoroughly entertaining screen adaptation of novelist E.M. Forster's comedy of manners about the Edwardian English upper class at home and abroad, distinguished by superb ensemble acting, intelligent writing and stunning design.

Full Review… | November 19, 2008
Top Critic

Decent, honest, truthful and, dearest of all to Forster, it connects.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A Room With a View is not only uncharacteristically benign for Forster, but also blithely, elegantly funny, which is a fit description of [this]first-rate film adaptation...

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

It is an intellectual film, but intellectual about emotions: It encourages us to think about how we feel, instead of simply acting on our feelings.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Glorious romance most likely to appeal to older kids.

Full Review… | December 21, 2010
Common Sense Media

Merchant Ivory's first artistic and commercial hit is a light, well-acted, nicely mounted comedy of manners based on Forster's classic novel; Daniel Day-Lewis steals all of his scenes

Full Review… | August 25, 2008

Audience Reviews for A Room With a View


Lovely movie. Saw it this time on DVD and it was a splendid way to pass a dreary Sunday afternoon. I love Mr. B, the preacher, the best. Helena Bonham Carter is, of course, the coolest with Maggie Smith a close second.

Bathsheba Monk
Bathsheba Monk

Super Reviewer

A young woman falls for a man during her vacation in Italy, but social pressures and his passionate nature make a fop the more socially acceptable choice.
Daniel Day-Lewis can play tough, gruff, evil characters like Bill the Butcher and Daniel Plainview and even the sexually voracious Tomas, but can he play an upper-class fop? Yes, he can. The man's range is extraordinary.
This film is everything that is good and bad about a Merchant/Ivory production. It's opulent, classic, and essentially British, but it's also occasionally boring, making the most of the most trifling conflicts. Part of this is film's inability as a medium to make compelling commonplace disagreements in a way that is unique to books, but Ivory's direction, distant shots of four or more characters, accentuates the germane nature of the film's tiny conflicts -- about a room with a view, the settling of accounts, and a writer's fictionalizing of a character's dalliance.
Overall, if you like Merchant/Ivory films, then you've probably already seen this one, and if you don't, this isn't much different from the rest.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Nice movie. Not my favorite of this genre, but satisfying. A little slow.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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