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Emile (2005)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 23
Fresh: 13
Rotten: 10

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 4.9/10
Reviews Counted: 8
Fresh: 2
Rotten: 6

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 1,203

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Emile returns to Canada, the country of his birth, after a lengthy absence. This triggers a remarkable journey into the consciousness of a man in his twilight years, melding past and present and asking the question: can past injustices be remedied? Now retired, Emile travels from England to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Victoria. He takes advantage of the trip to visit his niece, Nadia, who lives there with her young daughter. For Emile, the visit unleashes a torrent of … More

Rating:
R (for language)
Genre:
Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
Carl Bessai
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Apr 26, 2005
Runtime:
Castle Hill Productions - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Emile

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (10) | DVD (1)

A routine memory piece about long-buried family secrets that bubble back to the surface to wreak havoc.

Full Review… | March 4, 2005
Variety
Top Critic

Confusing the profound with the pretentious, director Bessai packs the story with elliptical, ominous flashbacks that undercut all the advances he makes with the contemporary tale.

Full Review… | March 4, 2005
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Tenderly touches our emotions.

March 4, 2005
New York Post
Top Critic

Sir Ian McKellen is at his tweediest and most persnickety as the title character in Emile, the portrait of an eminent scientist who returns from England to his homeland, Canada, to receive an honorary degree from the University of Victoria.

Full Review… | March 3, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

It's appropriate that the director calls this the final chapter in a trilogy about struggling with one's identity -- he shows none of his own while mishandling someone else's.

Full Review… | March 3, 2005
Village Voice
Top Critic

At heart a reverie, a meditation on the past and its treacheries, the ways in which people become flawed, and the eternal though often elusive possibility of forgiveness and redemption.

Full Review… | February 3, 2005
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Sensitively played but ultimately undone by its unconventional approach.

Full Review… | March 4, 2005
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Poignant and well acted, though not very memorable.

Full Review… | February 17, 2005
Christian Science Monitor

It's ultimately more simplistic and contrived than provocative.

February 4, 2005
Reel.com

While this dreamily photographed piece contains fine performances by all, it loses its way as it lingers too long in the past and moves too slowly in the present.

Full Review… | February 4, 2005
E! Online

McKellen and Unger do a wonderful trudging through the dirt (and, finally, cheese), Emile never quite gets off the ground.

Full Review… | December 27, 2004
Slant Magazine

An honest and intelligent look into real relationships, impressively original in its execution and breathtakingly remarkable in its delivery.

Full Review… | July 20, 2004

a film of tender hues, quiet intensity and elegiac melancholy that you may well find lingering in your own memory.

Full Review… | May 22, 2004

Technical shortcomings aside this is a good story well told, elevated by McKellen on top form.

Full Review… | May 22, 2004
Empire Magazine

Reminds us that Sir Ian McKellen is used to playing more complex characters than Gandalf or Magneto.

Full Review… | May 11, 2004
BBC.com

A small but excellent cast supports McKellen in what is a beautiful and intelligent film.

Full Review… | March 30, 2004
Film Threat

Beautifully filmed and edited by Bessai to take us into the mind of a man who has made too many life-changing decisions.

Full Review… | March 16, 2004
Shadows on the Wall

McKellen is superb as usual, and even if it's all a bit pat, the film quietly generates enough emotional momentum to be genuinely moving.

Full Review… | February 11, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Emile

½

This movie has good and bad. First, it drags. Emile, the main character is flashing back throughout the movie - I think sometimes you see him as a young Emile, but sometimes he keeps his current age. It is all confusing. However, if you last beyond the first hour, the story becomes easier to follow and more interesting.

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