• PG, 2 hr. 14 min.
  • Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:
    James Ivory
    In Theaters:
    Nov 5, 1993 Wide
    On DVD:
    Nov 6, 2001
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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The Remains of the Day Reviews

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Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

Moves rather slowly, but the actors and their understated chemistry keep the film riveting, building to a climax that is absolutely heartrending.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 4/4

December 28, 2008

Film4

Merchant-Ivory's best film by a mile.

Full Review Source: Film4

February 11, 2008
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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The actors keep this interesting, but as a story it drifts and rambles.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

February 11, 2008

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Though it offers a host of fine performances in a smoothly crafted, adult drama of unfulfilled love, it lacks the cumulative dramatic impact of the team's best work.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 11, 2008
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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All the meticulousness, intelligence, taste and superior acting that one expects from Merchant Ivory productions have been brought to bear.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 11, 2008
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

The narrative structure (long flashbacks, letters) is awkward but the actors (Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson in top form) attention to detail is meticulous and piercing considering how muted the emotions are.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B+

December 23, 2006

Time Out
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Who else but Merchant Ivory to give the big-screen treatment to Ishiguro's Booker Prize-winning novel about class, fascism and the stiff upper lip?

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Widgett Walls
Needcoffee.com

First time I saw it, it destroyed me. Subsequent viewings have not improved my condition.

| Original Score: 5/5

September 24, 2005
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

My choice for the best film of 1993. Impeccably acted and very moving. Anthony Hopkins is phenomenal as Stevens the repressed butler.

| Original Score: 5/5

September 16, 2005
Clint Morris
Film Threat

A touching tale laced with unforgettable performances

| Original Score: 4/5

May 6, 2005
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Depending on one's taste for Mechant-Ivory, this is one of their stronger efforts.

| Original Score: 4/5

May 23, 2004
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World

Impeccable lead performances

| Original Score: 5/5

June 3, 2003
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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Here's a film for adults. It's also about time to recognize that Mr. Ivory is one of our finest directors, something that critics tend to overlook because most of his films have been literary adaptations.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 5/5

May 20, 2003
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A flawless screen adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's 1989 novel about love and work.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

February 27, 2002
Stephen Farber
Movieline

Anthony Hopkins gives his greatest performance, capturing the character's pride in his professionalism as well as the terrible emotional price he pays for his single-mindedness.

Full Review Source: Movieline

January 9, 2002
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

If your familiarity with Anthony Hopkins comes from watching the two films in which he plays the psychopathic Dr. Hannibal Lecter, then The Remains of the Day is going to be a revelation.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 82/100

December 4, 2001
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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What do you call filmmakers who make literary entertainment box office in the age of Beavis and Butt-bead? Try miracle workers.

| Original Score: 4.5/5

May 12, 2001
Dragan Antulov
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Both melodrama and sociological study.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: 7/10

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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A subtle, thoughtful movie.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Put Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson and James Fox together and you can expect sterling performances.

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

January 1, 2000
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