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The Remains of the Day
Filmed with the usual meticulous attention to period and detail of films from Ismail Merchant and James Ivory, The Remains of the Day is based on a novel by Kazuo Ishiguro. Anthony Hopkins plays Stevens, the "perfect" butler to a prosperous British household of the 1930s. He is so unswervingly devoted to serving his master, a well-meaning but callow British lord (James Fox), that he shuts himself off from all emotions and familial relationships. New housekeeper Miss Kenton (Emma Thompson) tries to warm him up and awaken his humanity. But when duty calls, Stevens won't even attend… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The actors keep this interesting, but as a story it drifts and rambles."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Moves rather slowly, but the actors and their understated chemistry keep the film riveting, building to a climax that is absolutely heartrending."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A touching tale laced with unforgettable performances"
‑ Clint Morris, Film Threat
"All the meticulousness, intelligence, taste and superior acting that one expects from Merchant Ivory productions have been brought to bear."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"What do you call filmmakers who make literary entertainment box office in the age of Beavis and Butt-bead? Try miracle workers."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Merchant-Ivory's best film by a mile."
‑ , Film4
"First time I saw it, it destroyed me. Subsequent viewings have not improved my condition."
‑ Widgett Walls,
"Depending on one's taste for Mechant-Ivory, this is one of their stronger efforts."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"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?"
‑ , Time Out
"Put Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson and James Fox together and you can expect sterling performances."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"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."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"My choice for the best film of 1993. Impeccably acted and very moving. Anthony Hopkins is phenomenal as Stevens the repressed butler."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"Impeccable lead performances"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
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