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The Europeans (2019)




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In the middle of the 19th century, the stern and somewhat puritanical values of native New Englanders were little changed from early Colonial times. In this adaptation of Henry James' novel The Europeans, The Countess Eugenia (Lee Remick) and her brother Robert (Robin Ellis) are expatriate Americans who have grown up mainly in Europe. They have also grown accustomed to living well and have returned to see their New England relatives to try and take advantage of their prosperity by contracting an advantageous marriage with one of their wealthy cousins. The American cousins see them as charming, well-educated, and shockingly dissolute. Despite some successes, Eugenia is unable to achieve her objectives, but Robert fares somewhat better. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi


Lee Remick
as Eugenia Young
Robin Ellis
as Robert Acton
Wesley Addy
as Mr. Wentworth
Lisa Eichorn
as Gertrude
Lisa Eichhorn
as Gertrude Wentworth
Tim Choate
as Clifford Wentworth
Nancy New
as Charlotte Wentworth
Tim Woodward
as Felix Young
Kristin Griffith
as Lizzie Acton
Gedda Petty
as Augustine
Norman Snow
as Mr. Brand
Helen Stenborg
as Mrs. Acton
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Critic Reviews for The Europeans

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (4)

But what's attractive about revisiting "The Europeans" now is how it's more indie-flavored, its pleasurable finery and delicate ironies... befitting a novel whose lightness of tone James himself recognized when he subtitled it "A Sketch.

December 20, 2019 | Full Review…

Staged with affection, insight, a whole fistful of superb performances and exquisite settings.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…

The achievement of Mr. Ivory and Mrs. Jhabvala is their preservation of so much James, so purely, in what's thought to be a hostile medium.

May 9, 2005 | Full Review…

The Europeans is finally just all surface: illustrations for the novel.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The first of three Henry James adaptations produced by the Merchant Ivory team, this is an entrancing entry not just in their partnership but in the career of Ivory himself.

January 8, 2020 | Full Review…

There is a certain allure to a movie that plays hard to get. The Europeans expects you to meet it halfway. When you do, you're rewarded with a story that's rich with complicated emotions, despite its self-confident exterior.

January 2, 2020 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

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The cinematography is very beautiful, and Lee Remick gives a fine performance but the rest is sort of listless, although the period detail is impressive.

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