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Howards End Reviews

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Barry Hertz
Globe and Mail
October 21, 2016
A can't-miss opportunity to experience some of the finest filmmaking of the 20th century.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
September 15, 2016
Jhabvala's Oscar-winning script deftly juggles the characters' romantic and financial travails, and Ivory's delicate direction manages to cut to the emotional core.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
September 1, 2016
What sets "Howards End" apart is the complex emotional life of its characters.

TV Guide
August 24, 2016
An elegant, if bland reworking of Forster's classic 1910 novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5

People Magazine
August 24, 2016
Thompson, radiating intelligence, shines as a woman who marries in desperation and repents at leisure.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
August 24, 2016
Elegant and powerful, accommodating collisions of class and temperament with the grace of a perfect Edwardian hostess, Howards End is the work to which all Merchant Ivory's other films have pointed and aspired.
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
August 24, 2016
Ivory, working from a script by his longtime collaborator Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, has great relish in noting the smug tics in the Wilcoxes and the insipid delusions in the Schlegels. It's quietly savage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
August 24, 2016
Testament to the richness of the story is that even these supporting characters have more depth than the average leading characters in an American film.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
August 24, 2016
Howards End provides more than enough in the way of production values-impeccable set decoration, elaborate costumes, beautiful locations and exquisite cinematography-to keep its primary audience entertained.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
August 24, 2016
Director Ivory has assembled a wonderful cast, and he gets them to work together as a repertory company of genius.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
August 24, 2016
This is the apotheosis of Classics Illustrated filmmaking, aiming at nothing more than tasteful reduction, and the fact that it's done so well here doesn't mean that it's necessarily worth doing.
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
August 24, 2016
An enticing, elegant pleasure, alive with light and talk.
Matt Prigge
August 23, 2016
If only more costume dramas were this close to being electric.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
The triumph of Howards End is that it doesn't merely invite us to feel for these characters. With something like grace, it shows us the error and the splendor of their ways.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Randy White
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
British class conflict; ok for older teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Variety Staff
July 7, 2010
E. M. Forster's Howards End makes a most compelling drama, perhaps the best film made during the 30-year partnership of Ismail Merchant and James Ivory.
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
November 2, 2009
Say "Merchant-Ivory" to most cinephiles and watch their eyelids sag.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
October 19, 2009
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 | Original Score: 4/4
Emanuel Levy
October 27, 2006
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 | Original Score: A-
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Mark Sanderson
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The performances are impeccable, but honours go to Thompson, who manages to make Margaret's saintliness actually seem seductive.
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