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.

Rating: PG
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Douglas McGrath
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 15, 2002
Miramax Films


as Emma Woodhouse

as Mr. Knightly

as Harriet Smith

as Mrs. Weston

as Rev. Elton

as Mrs. Elton

as Frank Churchill

as Jane Fairfax

as Miss Bates

as Mrs. Bates

as Mr. Weston

as Mr. Woodhouse

as Mrs. Goddard

as John Knightley

as Isabella

as Miss Martin

as Mrs. Cole

as Bates Maid

as Little Boy

as Robert Martin
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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
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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

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