A Passage to India
A Passage to India (1984)

A Passage to India, director David Lean's final film (for which he also received editing credit), breaks no new ground cinematically, but remains an exquisitely assembled harkback to such earlier Lean epics as Doctor Zhivago and… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 20, 2001
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

David Lean's studied, plodding, overanalytic direction manages to kill most of the meaning in E.M. Forster's haunting novel of cultural collision in colonial India.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Forster's novel is one of the literary landmarks of this century, and now David Lean has made it into one of the greatest screen adaptations I have ever seen.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Lean's visually appealing film frequently connects as a social satire and a mystical melodrama of transgressors looking for footholds in psychically threatening territory.

Variety Staff

An impeccably faithful, beautifully played and occasionally languorous adaptation of E.M. Forster's classic novel.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

The film is very much 'a full theatrical meal,' and one that conveys a lot of 'the multiplicity of life' one seldom sees on the screen these days.

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Christopher Null

Lean isn't on his A-game here, but the film isn't bad.

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Time Out

Not for literary purists, but if you like your entertainment well tailored, then feel the quality and the width.

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Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

Regardless of what one thinks of David Lean and his old fashioned style, the results here - save perhaps for the casting of Alec Guinness as a Hindu professor - are exquisite.

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Emanuel Levy

Lean's swan song is an intelligent adaptation of Forster's complex novel about racil prejudice and sexual repression, flaunting wonderful perfromances from the two leads, Judy Davis and particularly Dame Peggy Ashcroft.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
Beautiful cinematography.
Pierluigi Puccini
Lean's farewell, a stunning and beautiful tale of prejudice. great soundtrack, grateful performances, an overlooked marvel.
Kevin M. Williams
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Red Lats
Story of racism between British and India in the 19th century. Strangest thing is seeing Alec Guiness in the role of a Hindu wise man.
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The first half of the movie was relatively watchable but the second half was appalling. Why would a woman accuse someone of raping her, and why in God's… More
Lanning : )
God is . . . God si . . . is/si . . . love . . . And here we have mister fists and fingers himself. A superior screen adaptation of one of my all-time favorite… More