A Passage to India Reviews

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John Esther
Pasadena Weekly
August 21, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
November 6, 2007
David Lean's studied, plodding, overanalytic direction manages to kill most of the meaning in E.M. Forster's haunting novel of cultural collision in colonial India.
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
November 6, 2007
The film, for all Lean's innate elegance, is strangely remote and unmoving. It could easily have been a Merchant-Ivory film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 15, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Forster's novel is one of the literary landmarks of this century, and now David Lean has made it into one of the greatest screen adaptations I have ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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Variety Staff
Variety
November 6, 2007
An impeccably faithful, beautifully played and occasionally languorous adaptation of E.M. Forster's classic novel.
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
April 17, 2008
Lean isn't on his A-game here, but the film isn't bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 16, 2002
A literary riddle that every viewer is challenged to decipher in light of his or her own perception of human passion and prejudice.
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
April 21, 2008
Lean's visually appealing film frequently connects as a social satire and a mystical melodrama of transgressors looking for footholds in psychically threatening territory.
| Original Score: 3/4
Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com
March 8, 2008
Epic, briliantly photographed, but slow David Lean drama.
| Original Score: 4/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
April 13, 2006
Maybe a little too stately, but still a powerful and beautiful film.
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
July 30, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The film is very much 'a full theatrical meal,' and one that conveys a lot of 'the multiplicity of life' one seldom sees on the screen these days.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
March 19, 2008
Lean's swan song is an intelligent adaptation of Forster's complex novel about racil prejudice and sexual repression, flaunting wonderful perfromances from the two leads, Judy Davis and particularly Dame Peggy Ashcroft.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
April 24, 2008
Regardless of what one thinks of David Lean and his old fashioned style, the results here - save perhaps for the casting of Alec Guinness as a Hindu professor - are exquisite.
Full Review | Original Score: 86/100
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Not for literary purists, but if you like your entertainment well tailored, then feel the quality and the width.

Film4
November 6, 2007
While the storytelling is rather toothless, A Passage to India is certainly well worth watching for fans of the director's epic style.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
November 6, 2007
Lean does an excellent job of conveying the repressive nature of British society captured in the novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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