Howards End Reviews

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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.
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.
October 21, 2016
A can't-miss opportunity to experience some of the finest filmmaking of the 20th century.
September 1, 2016
What sets "Howards End" apart is the complex emotional life of its characters.
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
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.
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.
August 24, 2016
Director Ivory has assembled a wonderful cast, and he gets them to work together as a repertory company of genius.
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.
August 24, 2016
An enticing, elegant pleasure, alive with light and talk.
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.
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.
July 7, 2010
Never before has Ivory's filmmaking seemed so fluid and confident.
June 24, 2006
The performances are impeccable, but honours go to Thompson, who manages to make Margaret's saintliness actually seem seductive.
May 20, 2003
It's time for legislation decreeing that no one be allowed to make a screen adaptation of a novel of any quality whatsoever if Ismail Merchant, James Ivory and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala are available, and if they elect to do the job.
May 12, 2001
The film serves Forster by taking to heart the book's epigraph: "Only connect."
January 1, 2000
Hopkins, as the Wilcox patriarch, is a combination of sensitivity and intractableness, turning in a modulated performance that dispels all lurid memories of Hannibal Lecter.
January 1, 2000
A film seething with anger, passion, greed and emotional violence. That the characters are generally well-behaved says less about their manners than their inhibitions.
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