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A Room With a View Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    80

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    A movie with exquisite period detail. [8 Apr 1994]

  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A Room with a View enjoys its storytelling so much that I enjoyed the very process of it. The story moved slowly, it seemed, for the same reason you try to make ice cream last: because it's so good.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Gene Siskel

    More than a great love story. It's both a lighthearted and deeply impassioned inspirational lesson about life. [4 April 1986]

  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Julie Salamon

    It's all rather amusing, but after awhile you tire of all the perfect little nuances about characters who seem like prototypes for a certain type of Victorian novel. [6 Mar 1986, p.23(E)]

  • 70

    out of 100

    The New Yorker Pauline Kael

    It's enjoyably trivial – a piece of charming foolishness. [24 Mar 1986, p.112]

  • 90

    out of 100

    Variety

    Distinguished by superb ensemble acting, intelligent writing and stunning design.

  • 90

    out of 100

    Time Richard Schickel

    Two cheers, at least, for permitting the past to appear not as a stern lesson but as a delicious irrelevance. [10 Mar 1986]

  • 90

    out of 100

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    As Lucy Honeychurch, Miss Bonham Carter gives a remarkably complex performance of a young woman who is simultaneously reasonable and romantic, generous and selfish, and timid right up to the point where she takes a heedless plunge into the unknown.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 11+

Glorious romance most likely to appeal to older kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie deals with issues of intimacy and self-repression. There's nonsexualy male full-fruntal nudity as men bathe in a pond. A man is killed in a very brief knife fight.

  • Families can talk about how lush natural settings have a powerful effect on fictional characters, especially those in love, or wanting to fall in love. In Shakespeare, lovers go to the woods to straighten things out. In the British literature of the 19th and early 20th century, they often go to Italy, which represents freedom from repression. The wheat field where George kisses Lucy is in sharp contrast to the manicured lawns of the Honeychurch home, as the precise and cerebral Cecil is in contrast to the passionate George. Questions for Kids: What leads Lucy to break her engagement to Cecil? What leads her to accept her feelings for George. Mr. Emerson refers to a "Yes! And a Yes! And a Yes" at the "side of the Everlasting Why." What does this mean? What is the meaning of the title? 

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: Following your heart, not society's or your family's expectations; living passionately, not quietly.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: A character is stabbed and dies in a very brief fight; some blood shown.

  • sex false4

    Sex: Brief nude scenes as the men go swimming (and as they run when the women approach), overall theme of the importance of sensuality; some passionate kisses.

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue

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