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: 93% 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.

Barry Hertz
Globe and Mail

A can't-miss opportunity to experience some of the finest filmmaking of the 20th century.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

Testament to the richness of the story is that even these supporting characters have more depth than the average leading characters in an American film.

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Lizzie Francke
Sight and Sound

A more troubling and rigorous inquest into a bygone era than usual.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

What sets "Howards End" apart is the complex emotional life of its characters.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

Howards End provides more than enough in the way of production values-impeccable set decoration, elaborate costumes, beautiful locations and exquisite cinematography-to keep its primary audience entertained.

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Simran Hans
Observer (UK)

Deeply romantic, political, emotion-led, respectful of music and literature, impeccably dressed and, in one of the characters' own words, "overexpressive".

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

Elegant and powerful, accommodating collisions of class and temperament with the grace of a perfect Edwardian hostess, Howards End is the work to which all Merchant Ivory's other films have pointed and aspired.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Director Ivory has assembled a wonderful cast, and he gets them to work together as a repertory company of genius.

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Peter Bradshaw

In its own severe and occasionally stolid way, Howards End offers real passion.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Vibrant filmmaking at its finest, every frame a painting, the dynamic explored are the underlying tensions between two upperclass turn-of-the-century English… More
Candy Rose
Good movie with insights into different classes.
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