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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
July 19, 2002
It's a great big snore.
Victoria Alexander
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.
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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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 1, 2002
It's too self-important and plodding to be funny, and too clipped and abbreviated to be an epic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
July 12, 2002
To build a feel-good fantasy around a vain dictator-madman is off-putting, to say the least, not to mention inappropriate and wildly undeserved.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 3, 2003
A nifty premise turns into a ridiculous film.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
June 11, 2002
Dull, if not devoid of wit, this shaggy dog longs to frisk through the back alleys of history, but scarcely manages more than a modest, snoozy charm.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 13, 2002
The enormous comic potential of an oafish idiot impersonating an aristocrat remains sadly unrealized.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jan Stuart
June 14, 2002
For all its fabulous outerwear, The Emperor's New Clothes feels very hand-me-down.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
June 28, 2002
It's a sitcom-minded working-class romance dressed in lace and buckles, a Merchant-Ivory Full Monty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
May 7, 2002
The director mostly plays it straight, turning Leys' fable into a listless climb down the social ladder.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John Esther
Pasadena Weekly
July 15, 2002
Another day, another story. Rewriting history in 'The Emperor's New Clothes'
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Lynda Gorov
Boston Globe
June 28, 2002
It never rises to its clever what-if concept.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rachel Gordon
June 17, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kim Linekin
July 11, 2002
If only the film had more farce and less romantic fluff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
June 12, 2002
In the end, the once-proud leader has been reduced to the impish dimensions of a sitcom character, from Emperor Napoleon to Major Dad.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
June 24, 2002
While the central idea is a clever one, the script unfortunately lacks the sparkle necessary to make the conceit come alive.
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
July 19, 2002
Not even Sir Alec Guinness could have made it memorable
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
July 19, 2002
Presents an intriguing concept ... without developing the idea in a believable or amusing way.
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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
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
January 2, 2003
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
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October 18, 2008
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February 13, 2009

Boston Phoenix
June 29, 2002
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 12, 2002
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Arizona Republic
July 19, 2002

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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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