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  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 8, 2018
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 25 Ratings

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  • Summary: Kenneth Lonergan's adaptation of the classic E.M. Forster novel about Margaret Schlegel (Hayley Atwell) and her younger sister Helen (Philippa Coulthard) as they seek love and purpose in turn of the century England.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Movie/Mini-Series

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Apr 5, 2018
    100
    Howards End is fun. It’s lean. It illustrates from the get-go that the Oscar-winning writer behind one of the biggest cinematic downers in recent memory (“Manchester By the Sea”) can write “heartwarming” as well as he writes “heart-wrenching.” But it also shows that he understands fundamental principles essential to the original story and its modern telling.
  2. Reviewed by: Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Apr 5, 2018
    100
    To watch the film’s Margaret (a sublime Hayley Atwell), is to see in full detail, the character Forster envisioned. ... In four episodes of sterling drama, Howards End has been brought fully to life on the television screen. That is no small achievement.
  3. Reviewed by: Sophie Gilbert
    Apr 9, 2018
    100
    Kenneth Lonergan’s four-part miniseries, which arrives Sunday on Starz, is its own masterpiece, visually lavish and narratively restrained. Lonergan and the director Hettie Macdonald find something profound in the story’s clash of cultures between the liberal, bourgeois Schlegels and the emotionally repressed, establishment Wilcoxes that feels vital in this particular moment.
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    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Mar 29, 2018
    90
    A literate and visually sumptuous feast. [2 Apr - 15 Apr 2018, p.10]
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Apr 6, 2018
    85
    Atwell might be best known to some for her forays into the Marvel universe, but she's an extremely talented actress who deftly captures Margaret's combination of intelligence and pragmatism, in contrast to her sister's idealism.
  6. Reviewed by: Kristen Baldwin
    Mar 30, 2018
    83
    Though Howards End (premiering April 8 at 8 p.m. on Starz) doesn’t have the ardor of the network’s Outlander, fans of that time-traveling romance may still find themselves swooning at the gracefully restrained emotion between Meg and stuffy Mr. Wilcox (Matthew Macfadyen).
  7. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Apr 4, 2018
    63
    A beauty to behold but an ice cube to hold, this Howards End never quite thaws.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Apr 10, 2018
    7
    Disclaimer: I haven't read the book. The first episode was slightly boring but watchable. I don't think it's fair to compare this with DowntonDisclaimer: I haven't read the book. The first episode was slightly boring but watchable. I don't think it's fair to compare this with Downton Abbey because Downton Abbey was not based on a book. I will continue watching it. Expand
  2. Apr 8, 2018
    6
    Good not great. I had no reference to the source material & never saw the one with Anthony Hopkins. Pretty period piece, challenging butGood not great. I had no reference to the source material & never saw the one with Anthony Hopkins. Pretty period piece, challenging but unlikable male characters. Not Downton Abbey. Expand
  3. May 5, 2018
    5
    I found this rendition to be distinctly mediocre in many ways: writing, casting (especially), and acting. Watch the movie instead.

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