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A Passage to India
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 Ryan's Daughter. Based on the novel by E. M. Forster, the film is set in colonial India in 1924. Adela Quested (Judy Davis), a sheltered, well-educated British woman, arrives in the town of Chandrapore, where she hopes to experience "the real India". Here she meets and befriends Dr. Aziz (Victor Banerjee), who, despite longstanding racial and social… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

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"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."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Lean's visually appealing film frequently connects as a social satire and a mystical melodrama of transgressors looking for footholds in psychically threatening territory."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Epic, briliantly photographed, but slow David Lean drama."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"While the storytelling is rather toothless, A Passage to India is certainly well worth watching for fans of the director's epic style."
‑ , Film4
"An impeccably faithful, beautifully played and occasionally languorous adaptation of E.M. Forster's classic novel."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"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."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Lean isn't on his A-game here, but the film isn't bad."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Lean does an excellent job of conveying the repressive nature of British society captured in the novel."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Maybe a little too stately, but still a powerful and beautiful film."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Not for literary purists, but if you like your entertainment well tailored, then feel the quality and the width."
‑ , Time Out
"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."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The film, for all Lean's innate elegance, is strangely remote and unmoving. It could easily have been a Merchant-Ivory film."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"A literary riddle that every viewer is challenged to decipher in light of his or her own perception of human passion and prejudice."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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