The Remains of the Day
The Remains of the Day (1993)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 5, 1993
DVD Release Date: November 6, 2001
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Smart, elegant, and blessed with impeccable performances from Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson, The Remains of the Day is a Merchant-Ivory classic.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The actors keep this interesting, but as a story it drifts and rambles.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

Just gets better with age.

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Todd McCarthy

All the meticulousness, intelligence, taste and superior acting that one expects from Merchant Ivory productions have been brought to bear.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

What do you call filmmakers who make literary entertainment box office in the age of Beavis and Butt-bead? Try miracle workers.

Michael Dequina

Moves rather slowly, but the actors and their understated chemistry keep the film riveting, building to a climax that is absolutely heartrending.

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Time Out

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?

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Put Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson and James Fox together and you can expect sterling performances.

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Merchant-Ivory's best film by a mile.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
A beautifully wrought piece about the dangers of living through the affairs of aristocracy, this film is the embodiment of the Merchant-Ivory set of films while… More
Dan Schultz
A masterfully acted, well told story featuring an unassuming butler (Anthony Hopkins) who remembers back to the time when he began to discover disturbing new… More
familiar stranger
While the movie was full of excellent performances, the story itself didn't leave an impression strong enough on me (yeah, again expectations were high,… More
Mike S
A movie that can turn something as eventless and boring as the working life of domestic servants (no offence to any butlers or housekeepers who may read this),… More
Jennifer Xu
I am a sucker for starched-collar, buttoned-down romance, and this movie is pretty much the definition of that. Also, it has old people. I LOVE old people love… More
Ginny  X
"A man cannot call himself work contented, until he has done all he can, to be of service to his employer." ~Mr. Stevens Emma Thompson and Anthony… More

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