Howards End Reviews

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September 16, 2020
An incredibly executed period piece, Howards End is as impassioned and refined a cinematic spectacle you're apt to see, belonging to a tradition of narrative and characterization belonging to a format now all but extinct.
March 5, 2020
From start to finish, Howards End is a sumptuous visual delight. But the beauty of this film is far more than skin deep.
January 27, 2020
If this film were a cake it would be a grand one -- rich, sumptuous, oh-so-filling and with numerous tiers.
August 28, 2018
Howard's End unfolds at a deliberate, measure pace, and it always feels like so much is happening that Ivory will scarcely be able to contain it all.
August 14, 2018
It is an intelligent movie, a good movie, about real and not fake issues. And it moves the heart.
December 27, 2017
[Howards End] is an ever-pertinent, wondrous and welcome return to the big screen.
August 1, 2017
A more troubling and rigorous inquest into a bygone era than usual.
July 30, 2017
Deeply romantic, political, emotion-led, respectful of music and literature, impeccably dressed and, in one of the characters' own words, "overexpressive".
July 28, 2017
In its own severe and occasionally stolid way, Howards End offers real passion.
July 28, 2017
The high watermark of Merchant Ivory film-making.
July 27, 2017
One of the best Merchant Ivory productions and one of the finest adaptations of an EM Forster novel.
July 24, 2017
Choice performances from Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson, but any social criticism is weakened by the veneration of the privileged milieu.
February 28, 2017
Merchant Ivory were famous for producing some of cinema's most lavish period dramas, and Howards End is perhaps the culmination of their craft.
October 21, 2016
A can't-miss opportunity to experience some of the finest filmmaking of the 20th century.
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.
September 1, 2016
What sets "Howards End" apart is the complex emotional life of its characters.
August 24, 2016
An elegant, if bland reworking of Forster's classic 1910 novel.
August 24, 2016
Thompson, radiating intelligence, shines as a woman who marries in desperation and repents at leisure.
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.
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.
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