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Based on 11 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 90
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Detractors will see the usual parade of repressed feelings in a Masterpiece Theatre setting. Those who look closer will find one of the best films of the year. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The whole movie is quiet, introspective, thoughtful. show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    An engaging and powerful motion picture, every bit the equal of Merchant Ivory's best work, and certainly the most emotionally-wrenching tale they have brought to the screen. show more

  • 70
    TV Guide

    Though it offers a host of fine performances in a smoothly crafted, adult drama of unfulfilled love, it lacks the cumulative dramatic impact of the team's best work. show more

  • 78
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    Gorgeously lensed and delightfully structured, however, this is, in a word, wonderful. show more

  • 100
    Vincent Canby The New York Times

    Looks grand without being overdressed, it is full of feeling without being sentimental. Here’s a film for adults. It’s also about time to recognize that Mr. Ivory is one of our finest directors. [5 November 1993, p. C1] show more

  • 100
    Desson Thomson Washington Post

    A classically polished drama about repressed emotions, self delusion and protracted heartbreak, this Merchant/Ivory movie is one of the most affecting experiences of the year. show more

  • 100
    Rita Kempley Washington Post

    Hopkins and Thompson's downright marvelous duet is supported by a host of deft players, and the detailed re-creation of this small universe is in all ways remarkable. show more

  • 80
    Todd McCarthy Variety

    All the meticulousness, intelligence, taste and superior This curious, cloistered piece... is continuously absorbing but lacks the emotional resonance that would have made it completely satisfying. show more

  • 70
    Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader

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

  • April 22, 2010 drarthurwells
    Report This User

    Extremely well made film - a love story where the man is incapable of breaking through his role restraint to allow himself to love in a close relationship. Personality study.

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