• PG, 1 hr. 47 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Alan Taylor
    In Theaters:
    Nov 1, 2002 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 2, 2002
  • Paramount Classics

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The Emperor's New Clothes Reviews

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Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 4/5

August 7, 2008
Jamie Russell

Full Review Source: BBC.com | Original Score: 3/5

February 3, 2004
Jamie Gillies
Apollo Guide

A great companion piece to other Napoleon films.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 75/100

June 2, 2003
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

A unique, and not always successful mixture of comedy and drama, helped by Ian Holm's inspired acting.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: B

October 28, 2002
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

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 Source: Cincinnati Enquirer | Original Score: 3/4

October 15, 2002
Eric D. Snider

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: B

September 18, 2002
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

All of this is written, directed and acted with verve, feeling and wit.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

August 8, 2002
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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 Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 5/5

August 7, 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

August 1, 2002
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies

The Emperor's New Clothes may not be proper history, but it is good entertainment.

| Original Score: 3.5/5

July 28, 2002
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

The story is pure fiction, but told with the dignity and self-assurance of an Oliver Stone conspiracy tale.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 3/4

July 26, 2002
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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A delightful, if minor, pastry of a movie.

| Original Score: 4/5

July 25, 2002
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly

Holm's strong performance never sinks to caricature.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 25, 2002
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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

July 19, 2002
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

A bit of whimsically warped history elevated by the central performance of Ian Holm.

| Original Score: 8/10

July 19, 2002
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

Gives Holm one of his rare cracks at a true starring role, and the man is magnificent.

Full Review Source: Kansas City Star | Original Score: 3/4

July 19, 2002
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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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

July 19, 2002
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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[Holm] saves this film time and again with an eagle's gaze that puts you on alert, prompting you to sit up a little straighter in that theater seat.

July 19, 2002
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Holm manages to hold the whole thing together, while convincingly shifting gears between the two characters.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 3/4

July 19, 2002
Marshall Fine
Journal News (Westchester, NY)

The film offers an intriguing what-if premise.

Full Review Source: Journal News (Westchester, NY) | Original Score: B-

July 15, 2002
Derek Elley
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Rich Cline
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January 2, 2003
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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August 9, 2002

Arizona Republic
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July 19, 2002

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Boston Phoenix
June 29, 2002
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