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Howards End Reviews

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Randy White
Common Sense Media

British class conflict; ok for older teens.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 5/5

January 2, 2011
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

Say "Merchant-Ivory" to most cinephiles and watch their eyelids sag.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

November 2, 2009
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

The pairings of Margaret and Henry, and Helen and Leonard, attempt to cross fault lines widened by class, and the tragedy of Howards End is in the absolute necessity and absolute inefficacy of doing so at their moment in history. [Blu-ray]

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 4/4

October 19, 2009
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Along with Room With a View, this films represents the best of the Ismail-Merchant literary adaptations, one in which contents and style are congruent and harmonious.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: A-

October 27, 2006
Derek Adams
Time Out
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The performances are impeccable, but honours go to Thompson, who manages to make Margaret's saintliness actually seem seductive.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

Hopkins and Thompson are so perfect together it's hard not to buy them as a couple

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

February 22, 2005
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

The best of the countless Merchant Ivory productions - and arguably the most appreciated by those who don't even like Merchant Ivory movies.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 16, 2005
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Marvellously well done like its predecessors, but here teetering toward prestige.

| Original Score: 3/5

June 16, 2004
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Brilliantly written, directed and performed.

| Original Score: 5/5

June 5, 2004
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

An exquisite screen version of E.M. Forster's 1910 novel.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

July 12, 2003
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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It's time for legislation decreeing that no one be allowed to make a screen adaptation of a novel of any quality whatsoever if Ismail Merchant, James Ivory and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala are available, and if they elect to do the job.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/4

May 20, 2003
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

Freed from the subtending contexts that impugn its good name, Howards End is a worthy accomplishment: a portrait, and not an instance, of an England fueled by repressed guilts and dubious choices.

Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks | Original Score: A

January 10, 2003
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Merchant-Ivory at their dullest.

| Original Score: 2/5

December 1, 2002
Stephen Farber
Movieline

At a time when the success of the abysmal Wayne's World may usher in a new wave of cretinous teen movies, Howards End seems like a glorious anachronism, the last remnant of a whole different mode of more civilized filmmaking.

Full Review Source: Movieline

January 9, 2002
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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The film serves Forster by taking to heart the book's epigraph: "Only connect."

| Original Score: 4.5/5

May 12, 2001
Rita Kempley
Washington Post
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Merchant and Ivory have regathered many of the cast and crew from their earlier films to work on this reproduction to exquisite effect.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 5/5

January 1, 2000
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

Hopkins, as the Wilcox patriarch, is a combination of sensitivity and intractableness, turning in a modulated performance that dispels all lurid memories of Hannibal Lecter.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 4.5/5

January 1, 2000
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The engaging cast could not possibly be better.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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A film seething with anger, passion, greed and emotional violence. That the characters are generally well-behaved says less about their manners than their inhibitions.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

September 7, 2011
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