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A Room with a View

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United Kingdom · 1985
Rated R · 1h 57m
Director James Ivory
Starring Helena Bonham Carter, Julian Sands, Maggie Smith, Denholm Elliott
Genre Drama, Romance

When Lucy Honeychurch and chaperon Charlotte Bartlett find themselves in Florence with rooms without views, fellow guests Mr Emerson and son George step in to remedy the situation. Meeting the Emersons could change Lucy's life forever but, once back in England, how will her experiences in Tuscany affect her marriage plans?

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Zoe Rogan Profile picture for Zoe Rogan

A delightful adaptation of EM Forster's romantic novel, improving on the source material in a multitude of ways, especially by making several characters more sympathetic. Helena Bonham Carter is extremely charming in her film debut, but this really is an ensemble movie, with many impressive performances and famous faces popping up.

What are critics saying?


Chicago Reader by

Though it's meant as a droll comedy of manners, what emerges is mincing, crabbed, and petty.


Chicago Tribune by Gene Siskel

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

90 by John Hartl

Perhaps the primary reason A Room With a View is so involving is that Ivory has cast the film perfectly, and given each of the actors ample room to breathe. Even the characters you're not supposed to like are allowed their moments of vulnerable humanity.


Wall Street Journal by 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)]


Time by 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]


Chicago Sun-Times by 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.


The New Republic by Stanley Kauffmann

Bonham Carter is like an undergraduate in a university production who seems rather good considering that her performance is only an intelligent diversion while she prepares herself for a career in another field. [24 Mar 1986]

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