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United Kingdom · 1987
Rated R · 2h 20m
Director James Ivory
Starring James Wilby, Hugh Grant, Rupert Graves, Denholm Elliott
Genre Drama, Romance

After falling in love at Cambridge with Maurice, one of his classmates, the ambitious Clive must give up his forbidden romance to regain his place in society. Years later, Maurice visits Clive, who is now married, and begins a relationship with Alec, the gamekeeper at Clive's estate.

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Zoe Rogan Profile picture for Zoe Rogan

Ripped my heart out and stomped on it, then gently placed it back in my chest. Truly an astounding work of adaptation, also particularly compelling having just read Lady Chatterley's Lover, an infamous novel that was inspired by the E.M. Forster's manuscript for Maurice, which was unpublished for decades. One of Merchant-Ivory's finest achievements, cementing their status as icons of queer cinema.

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TV Guide Magazine by

At its best, the film is moving and thought-provoking, but at other moments it is unintentionally silly. It is not the story but the telling of it that is the problem; at 140 minutes, Maurice simply goes on too long.


Christian Science Monitor by David Sterritt

In this forthright screen version of E.M. Forster's posthumously published novel. Directed by James Ivory and produced by Ismail Merchant, who show the same literate skill and the same fidelity to their source that marked "A Room With a View."


The New York Times by Janet Maslin

Mr. Ivory and Ismail Merchant have long since learned to breathe life into their material without excessive reverence, in a manner that is as decorous as it is dramatic. As might be expected, the costumes, settings and cinematography are once again ravishing.


Variety by Justin Chang

Maurice, based on a posthumously published novel by E.M. Forster, is a well-crafted pic on the theme of homosexuality.


Time by Richard Schickel

Maurice (pronounced Morris) is all high-mindedness and good taste. It has no emotional tension or - heaven forfend - strong expression of frustration or need.

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