The Remains of the Day Reviews

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December 28, 2019
Like The Age of Innocence, here's another handsome period piece about a man who foolishly ignores the dictates of his heart.
November 5, 2019
Beautiful to look at and deeply moving in many scenes.
February 7, 2016
Just gets better with age.
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.
February 11, 2008
Merchant-Ivory's best film by a mile.
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.
February 11, 2008
All the meticulousness, intelligence, taste and superior acting that one expects from Merchant Ivory productions have been brought to bear.
October 13, 2007
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.
Top Critic
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?
September 24, 2005
First time I saw it, it destroyed me. Subsequent viewings have not improved my condition.
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.
May 6, 2005
A touching tale laced with unforgettable performances
March 28, 2005
June 10, 2004
May 23, 2004
Depending on one's taste for Mechant-Ivory, this is one of their stronger efforts.
July 15, 2003
June 19, 2003
June 3, 2003
Impeccable lead performances
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.
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