The Emperor's New Clothes Reviews

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Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media
January 11, 2011
Farcical, old-fashioned Hans Christian Andersen tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 3, 2003
A nifty premise turns into a ridiculous film.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jamie Gillies
Apollo Guide
June 2, 2003
A great companion piece to other Napoleon films.
Full Review | Original Score: 75/100
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
October 28, 2002
A unique, and not always successful mixture of comedy and drama, helped by Ian Holm's inspired acting.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Mr. Holm possesses the kind of skill that acting is all about: He can make an audience forget what they know and believe they are watching two different men.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
August 25, 2002
Fails to ignite in the way a film -- even a comedy -- revolving around Napoleon should.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 8, 2002
All of this is written, directed and acted with verve, feeling and wit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 7, 2002
It may not be history %u2013 but then again, what if it is? %u2013 but it makes for one of the most purely enjoyable and satisfying evenings at the movies I've had in a while.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 1, 2002
Unlike a vaguely similarly-themed film, Dave, New Clothes is not concerned with what the unwitting usurper does, but who he becomes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
July 28, 2002
The Emperor's New Clothes may not be proper history, but it is good entertainment.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
July 26, 2002
The story is pure fiction, but told with the dignity and self-assurance of an Oliver Stone conspiracy tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
July 25, 2002
A delightful, if minor, pastry of a movie.
| Original Score: 4/5
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
July 25, 2002
Holm's strong performance never sinks to caricature.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Victoria Alexander
FilmsInReview.com
July 20, 2002
While Holm is terrific as both men and Hjejle quite appealing, the film fails to make the most out of the intriguing premise.
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
July 19, 2002
Cleverly upends the goals of the grand strategist, turning him into an underdog to be rooted for. And root we do, quite loyally.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
July 19, 2002
A bit of whimsically warped history elevated by the central performance of Ian Holm.
| Original Score: 8/10
Top Critic
Marta Barber
Miami Herald
July 19, 2002
Viewers are asked so often to suspend belief that were it not for Holm's performance, the film would be a total washout.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
July 19, 2002
It's a great big snore.
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
July 19, 2002
Gives Holm one of his rare cracks at a true starring role, and the man is magnificent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Susan Stark
Detroit News
July 19, 2002
Recent and long-standing fans of Holm must relish the chance to watch Sir Ian in a dual role, one that he explores with customary insight, subtlety and good humor.
| Original Score: 3/4
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