A Room With a View


A Room With a View

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The hard edges of E.M. Foster novel maybe sanded off, but what we get with A Room with a View is an eminently entertaining comedy with an intellectual approach to love.



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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?

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Helena Bonham Carter
as Lucy Honeychurch
Maggie Smith
as Charlotte
Simon Callow
as Reverend Beebe
Judi Dench
as Miss Lavish
Rosemary Leach
as Mrs. Honeychurch
Fabia Drake
as Catherine
Joan Henley
as Teresa Alan
Maria Britneva
as Mrs. Vyse
Amanda Walker
as The Cockney Signora
Peter Cellier
as Sir Harry Otway
Mia Fothergill
as Minnie Beebe
Patricia Lawrence
as Mrs. Butterworth
Mirio Guidelli
as Santa Croce Guide
Matyelok Gibbs
as The New Charlotte and Lucy
Kitty Aldridge
as The New Charlotte and Lucy
Freddy Korner
as Mr. Floyd
Lucca Rossi
as Phaeton
Isabella Celani
as Persephone
Luigi di Fiore
as Murdered Youth
Luigi Di Fiori
as Murdered Youth
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Critic Reviews for A Room With a View

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  • If amusing, "A Room With a View" is little more than a lark, a series of skits, a two-hour tribute to the rich British eccentric.

    Jan 3, 2018 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Nov 19, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    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...

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 5/5
  • 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.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • The film's charms are many but they are not the sort that resonate with any aspect of human behaviour with which I am familiar. When you get this English, or this Edwardian, or, rather, late Victorian, really, it's like science fiction, I suppose.

    Nov 17, 2015 | Full Review…

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
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


My very first Merchant/Ivory film, A Room with a View has been this foreboding slot in my to do list for the past three years. The reasons I didn't want to see it are probably the same that some people use to dislike it: it's schmaltzy, none too original, and labors to use all these romantic clichés to drive the point home. What I think these people lack is an ability to be wrapped up in the lurid charm of this cute little tale of two people who are both strong willed and challenge the ideals of the times they live in. While Lucy (portrayed by an unrecognizable Helena Bonham Carter) passionately plays piano, bickers with her cousin Charlotte, and doesn't like being taken advantage of by any man, George (Julian Sands) is a fascinating oddity who works on impulse and yet never steps out of bounds with the outcome to hurt her. The start of the film is in Venice, then the English countryside. Most Merchant/Ivory films have lavish set designs, costumes, and tragic heroes. The sets and principal photography are entrancing. The actual view from the room with a view is justifiably gorgeous, and every shot of the film is impeccable. The editing and timing of each scene is quick, but not harried, which leads to some great scenes between the two leads. A large amount of the film is simply filler so the young ingénue can cripple her dandy of a fiancé (played by a very...indescribable Daniel Day-Lewis). Because that character is neither evil, nor unforgivably droll, the fact that they're together or apart doesn't matter. No one cares one way or the other whether she marries one or the other. The "affair" is two sets of kisses, both surprises, and instead of dealing with it solemnly, George runs away from her. The ending plays back into the title which came off pretty cutesy. Overall it was a decent film about two very strange people who show their affection in fairly crazed ways. That, and there is an entire scene of full frontal male nudity, in no way abbreviated for us females and our waspish sensibilities. It's quite torrid to say the least. Anyway, it's about love, and all the insecurities which keep us from being with the person who we deserve.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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