Howards End
Howards End (1992)

One of the best Ismail Merchant/James Ivory films, this adaptation of E. M. Forster's classic 1910 novel shows in careful detail the injuriously rigid British class consciousness of the early 20th century. The film's catalyst is… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: March 13, 1992
DVD Release Date: June 18, 2001
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A superbly-mounted adaptation of E.M. Forster's tale of British class tension, with exceptional performances all round, Howard's End ranks among the best of Merchant-Ivory's work.

Derek Adams
Time Out

The performances are impeccable, but honours go to Thompson, who manages to make Margaret's saintliness actually seem seductive.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

Merchant and Ivory have regathered many of the cast and crew from their earlier films to work on this reproduction to exquisite effect.

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Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

Say "Merchant-Ivory" to most cinephiles and watch their eyelids sag.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

It's time for legislation decreeing that no one be allowed to make a screen adaptation of a novel of any quality whatsoever if Ismail Merchant, James Ivory and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala are available, and if they elect to do the job.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A film seething with anger, passion, greed and emotional violence. That the characters are generally well-behaved says less about their manners than their inhibitions.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

The pairings of Margaret and Henry, and Helen and Leonard, attempt to cross fault lines widened by class, and the tragedy of Howards End is in the absolute necessity and absolute inefficacy of doing so at their moment in history. [Blu-ray]

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

The film serves Forster by taking to heart the book's epigraph: "Only connect."

Randy White
Common Sense Media

British class conflict; ok for older teens.

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Emanuel Levy

Along with Room With a View, this films represents the best of the Ismail-Merchant literary adaptations, one in which contents and style are congruent and harmonious.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Steven Carrier
The Merchant-Ivory adaptation of E.M. Forster's "Howards End" is a flat out masterpiece. It's the perfect storm of literature, production… More
jay nixon
perfect for the anglophile
Fernando Rafael Quintero Castaņeda
Howards End is so stunningly beautiful it's like looking at a 140-minute long postcard. It's also just as slow-paced, though. And quite talky. But… More
Byron Brubaker
Another Merchant and Ivory production of an E.M. Forster novel. But, oh, don''t forget the third less well known partner in this film making team,… More
Candy Rose
Good movie with insights into different classes.
Cameron Johnson
Its a dry period drama about class relations in England, so, uh, do you think that it's a Merchant Ivory film? I think you can figure that out just by… More