Emma (1996) - Rotten Tomatoes

Emma (1996)



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Movie Info

Based upon a Jane Austen novel, this period romantic comedy depicts the chaos unintentionally caused by young Emma's attempts to play matchmaker for her immediate circle. Unfortunately, her plan ends up causing more confusion than happiness, and Emma herself soon becomes caught in the web of romantic entanglements.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Douglas McGrath
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 15, 2002
Miramax Films


Gwyneth Paltrow
as Emma Woodhouse
Jeremy Northam
as Mr. Knightly
Toni Collette
as Harriet Smith
Greta Scacchi
as Mrs. Weston
Alan Cumming
as Rev. Elton
Juliet Stevenson
as Mrs. Elton
Ewan McGregor
as Frank Churchill
Polly Walker
as Jane Fairfax
Sophie Thompson
as Miss Bates
Phyllida Law
as Mrs. Bates
James Cosmo
as Mr. Weston
Denys Hawthorne
as Mr. Woodhouse
Kathleen Byron
as Mrs. Goddard
Brian Capron
as John Knightley
Rebecca Craig
as Miss Martin
Angela Down
as Mrs. Cole
Ruth Jones
as Bates Maid
Brett Miley
as Little Boy
Edward Woodall
as Robert Martin
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News & Interviews for Emma

Critic Reviews for Emma

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (14)

Suddenly you remember how merciless and cutting Austen's satire can be, even in the brutal '90s.

Full Review… | August 19, 2006
Washington Post
Top Critic

When the going gets tougher the film doesn't have many answers, and the odd unsettling surge of over-emphasis betrays an eye on the American market.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Gwyneth Paltrow makes a resplendent Emma, gliding through the film with an elegance and patrician wit that bring the young Katharine Hepburn to mind.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

It's not difficult to enjoy the genteel amusements Emma provides even while wishing its virtues were less wholly on the surface.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Perfect for warmhearted family entertainment.

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
Common Sense Media

This Emma is light, airy and modern -- surely Austen's funniest work.

Full Review… | April 9, 2005
Reeling Reviews

Audience Reviews for Emma


Very delightful.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

I don't know why everyone loves this movie I thought it was extremely boring.

Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer


Martin Sahlin

Super Reviewer

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