A Room With A View
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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 Helena Bonham Carter as Lucy Honeychurch, who like all proper young British ladies is compelled to tour Europe in the company of an older chaperone -- in this instance, her spinster cousin Charlotte Bartlett (Maggie Smith). While in Italy, the ladies make the acquaintance of a wide variety of personalities; the most fascinating of their fellow tourists -- at… More

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"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..."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"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"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"This is a movie about having the courage to face one's feelings, and to risk intimacy, fully knowing and being known by another person."
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"James Ivory directs this gentle, poetic, comic film with grace and passion for its characters in this adaptation of the E.M. Forster novel."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"A lovely-looking film that captures Forster's scorn for individuals tethered by class distinctions and conformity."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Glorious romance most likely to appeal to older kids."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"t's hard to believe A Room with a View cost so little; the costumes and sets are dazzling and the acting is superb -- from two-time Oscar-winner Smith to the smallest role, there's not a false note."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"This is a complete movie, full of life, love and hope. While we may occasionally forget that truth is beauty and beauty truth, thankfully films like A Room With a View will always be there as a reminder."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
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