100

Washington Post

By Rita Kempley
Merchant and Ivory have regathered many of the cast and crew from their earlier films to work on this reproduction to exquisite effect.
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100

The New York Times

By Vincent Canby
Merchant, Ivory and Jhabvala triumph again with their entertaining, richly textured film. [13 March 1992]
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By 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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90

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Incisively witty, provocative and acted to perfection, this sublime entertainment is a career peak for producer Ismail Merchant, director James Ivory and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.
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90

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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90

Variety

Perhaps the best film made during the 30-year partnership of Ismail Merchant and James Ivory.
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78

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
The performances in this costume drama are wonderful.
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70

TV Guide

The filmmakers have allowed themselves an overlong 140 minutes in order to preserve as much of the plot as possible, but they have bypassed many of the novel's key ideas and ironies.
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60

Chicago Reader

By Jonathan Rosenbaum
This is the apotheosis of Classics Illustrated filmmaking, aiming at nothing more than tasteful reduction, and the fact that it's done so well here doesn't mean that it's necessarily worth doing.
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87 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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