Owen Gleiberman
March 13, 1992 AT 05:00 AM EST

Where Angels Fear to Tread

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
116 minutes
performer
Rupert Graves, Judy Davis, Helen Mirren, Helena Bonham Carter
director
Charles Sturridge
distributor
Fine Line Features
genre
Drama

We gave it a C

Tea-party manners, scenery to ooh and ah over, the eternal clash of propriety and nature — Where Angels Fear to Tread, an adaptation of E.M. Forster’s first novel, has all the calling cards that drew audiences into A Room With a View and A Passage to India. But except for Helen Mirren’s brief, mischievous performance as a woman who follows her bliss and then dies in childbirth, the movie remains frustratingly distant from its characters’ inner lives. C

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