A Room With a View
A Room With a View (1985)

Adapted by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala from the novel by E.M. Forster, A Room with a View is a shining example of Merchant-Ivory's ability to achieve maximum quality and opulence at minimum cost. Set during the Edwardian Era, the film stars… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 4, 2000
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Variety Staff

A thoroughly entertaining screen adaptation of novelist E.M. Forster's comedy of manners about the Edwardian English upper class at home and abroad, distinguished by superb ensemble acting, intelligent writing and stunning design.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It is an intellectual film, but intellectual about emotions: It encourages us to think about how we feel, instead of simply acting on our feelings.

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

The highlight [of the film] may be Daniel Day-Lewis going full Urkel as Cecil, Lucy's nebbish fiancé.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Decent, honest, truthful and, dearest of all to Forster, it connects.

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Josef Braun
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

The film's charms are many but they are not the sort that resonate with any aspect of human behaviour with which I am familiar. When you get this English, or this Edwardian, or, rather, late Victorian, really, it's like science fiction, I suppose.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Glorious romance most likely to appeal to older kids.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

A Room With a View is not only uncharacteristically benign for Forster, but also blithely, elegantly funny, which is a fit description of [this]first-rate film adaptation...

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

A 19-year-old Helena Bonham Carter makes her striking film debut.

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Emanuel Levy

Merchant Ivory's first artistic and commercial hit is a light, well-acted, nicely mounted comedy of manners based on Forster's classic novel; Daniel Day-Lewis steals all of his scenes

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Bathsheba Monk
Lovely movie. Saw it this time on DVD and it was a splendid way to pass a dreary Sunday afternoon. I love Mr. B, the preacher, the best. Helena Bonham Carter… More
Spencer S.
My very first Merchant/Ivory film, A Room with a View has been this foreboding slot in my to do list for the past three years. The reasons I didn't want to… More
Jim Hunter
A young woman falls for a man during her vacation in Italy, but social pressures and his passionate nature make a fop the more socially acceptable choice.… More
Jennifer Xu
This is one of those few movies that I can't describe WHY I liked it - somehow, unfathomably, I just did. The dialogue was not that great, the story was… More
Cynthia S.
Nice movie. Not my favorite of this genre, but satisfying. A little slow.
Candy Rose
A young woman meets an eccentric young man on a trip to Florence.

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