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Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
February 7, 2016
Just gets better with age.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael Dequina
December 28, 2008
Moves rather slowly, but the actors and their understated chemistry keep the film riveting, building to a climax that is absolutely heartrending.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

February 11, 2008
Merchant-Ivory's best film by a mile.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 11, 2008
The actors keep this interesting, but as a story it drifts and rambles.

TV Guide
February 11, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Todd McCarthy
February 11, 2008
All the meticulousness, intelligence, taste and superior acting that one expects from Merchant Ivory productions have been brought to bear.
Emanuel Levy
December 23, 2006
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 | Original Score: B+
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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?
Widgett Walls
September 24, 2005
First time I saw it, it destroyed me. Subsequent viewings have not improved my condition.
| Original Score: 5/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
September 16, 2005
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
Clint Morris
Film Threat
May 6, 2005
A touching tale laced with unforgettable performances
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
May 23, 2004
Depending on one's taste for Mechant-Ivory, this is one of their stronger efforts.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
June 3, 2003
Impeccable lead performances
| Original Score: 5/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
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 | Original Score: 5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 27, 2002
A flawless screen adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's 1989 novel about love and work.
Stephen Farber
January 9, 2002
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.
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
December 4, 2001
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.
Read More | Original Score: 82/100
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
What do you call filmmakers who make literary entertainment box office in the age of Beavis and Butt-bead? Try miracle workers.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Tragic love stories often hit with the hardest impact, and few are better-crafted and more intelligently presented than that of Mr. Stevens and Miss Kenton.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
A subtle, thoughtful movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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