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.

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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TV Guide

An elegant, if bland reworking of Forster's classic 1910 novel.

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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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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

This is the apotheosis of Classics Illustrated filmmaking, aiming at nothing more than tasteful reduction, and the fact that it's done so well here doesn't mean that it's necessarily worth doing.

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People Magazine

Thompson, radiating intelligence, shines as a woman who marries in desperation and repents at leisure.

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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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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice

An enticing, elegant pleasure, alive with light and talk.

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Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun

Ivory, working from a script by his longtime collaborator Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, has great relish in noting the smug tics in the Wilcoxes and the insipid delusions in the Schlegels. It's quietly savage.

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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