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Howards End Review

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

  • 5.0

    out of 100

    Universal acclaim
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The splendid cast embodies the characters so fully that the events actually seem to be happening to them, instead of unfolding from a screenplay.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    Merchant, Ivory and Jhabvala triumph again with their entertaining, richly textured film. [13 March 1992]

  • 100

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Because it is confident of its story and its powers, “Howards End” takes the time to establish itself, to allow its characters the space to demonstrate subtlety and complexity.

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  • 90

    out of 100


    Perhaps the best film made during the 30-year partnership of Ismail Merchant and James Ivory.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    The New Yorker

    A handsome and intelligent piece of work: a faithful, well-paced, and carefully crafted dramatization of a very good story.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

British class conflict; ok for older teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this period drama set in Edwardian England features sexual affairs, deceit, class bias and an out of wedlock pregnancy.

  • Families can talk about the class issues raised in the plot. How does our society compare to the one featured here? Do we have social classes in America?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Characters have affairs, tampering with wills -- and there is class conflict.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Not an issue

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    Sex: A sexual affair and an out-of-wedlock pregnancy feature in the plot.

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    Language: Not an issue

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue