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  • 80
    Julie Salamon Wall Street Journal

    By the end there isn't anyone to cheer for, except the makers of this thoughtful and absorbing piece of work. [02 Aug 1984] show more

  • 100
    Boston Globe

    The filmmaking team of director James Ivory, screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and producer Ismail Merchant, remained loyal to James, assembled a brilliant cast and created one of the best films of the year. [10 Aug 1984] show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Intelligent and subtle. show more

  • 50
    TV Guide

    Elegant, stylish, and ultimately boring adaptation of the James novel. show more

  • 50
    Jay Scott The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The Bostonians, from the novel by Henry James, is the story of their relationship, one of the strangest in literature. Unfortunately, that strangeness has survived the transfer to the screen less than intact, and satiric oddity has been replaced by romantic banality. Redgrave's performance - red-eyed, quivering, opalescent - is peerless, the one incontrovertible reason to see the film. [23 Nov 1984] show more

  • 80
    Janet Maslin The New York Times

    The moral ambiguity of James's novel has been skillfully captured in the film, as has its remarkable modernity. show more

  • 80

    This is a classy adaptation of a Henry James novel. show more

  • 30
    Richard Schickel Time

    Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's screenplay is less a response to its source than a careful college outline of it. show more

  • 20
    Dave Kehr Chicago Reader

    You get the plot, all right, but that's all you get - no body, no texture, no rhythm, no shading. show more

  • 88
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    To say it right out, The Bostonians is the best movie I've seen all year. show more

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