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The New York Times
Looks grand without being overdressed, it is full of feeling without being sentimental. Here’s a film for adults. It’s also about time to recognize that Mr. Ivory is one of our finest directors. [5 November 1993, p. C1]
A classically polished drama about repressed emotions, self delusion and protracted heartbreak, this Merchant/Ivory movie is one of the most affecting experiences of the year.
Rolling Stone
Detractors will see the usual parade of repressed feelings in a Masterpiece Theatre setting. Those who look closer will find one of the best films of the year.
Chicago Sun-Times
The whole movie is quiet, introspective, thoughtful.
An engaging and powerful motion picture, every bit the equal of Merchant Ivory's best work, and certainly the most emotionally-wrenching tale they have brought to the screen.
All the meticulousness, intelligence, taste and superior This curious, cloistered piece... is continuously absorbing but lacks the emotional resonance that would have made it completely satisfying.
Gorgeously lensed and delightfully structured, however, this is, in a word, wonderful.
Chicago Reader
The actors keep this interesting, but as a story it drifts and rambles.
Though it offers a host of fine performances in a smoothly crafted, adult drama of unfulfilled love, it lacks the cumulative dramatic impact of the team's best work.
The New Yorker
This Merchant-Ivory production strains so hard to portray dignified restraint that it almost seizes up with good manners.

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