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The Emperor's New Clothes Reviews

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Derek Elley
Variety
February 13, 2009
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
July 25, 2002
A delightful, if minor, pastry of a movie.
| Original Score: 4/5
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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
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
July 19, 2002
It's a great big snore.
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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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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
July 19, 2002
[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.
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Arizona Republic
July 19, 2002
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
July 12, 2002
This new spin on the old switcheroo plot is intriguing, warmly human and gently funny.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 12, 2002
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
July 11, 2002
Charming but slight.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 11, 2002
A bright, inventive, thoroughly winning flight of revisionist fancy.
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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
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 28, 2002
Some of the shots are so elegantly composed that they resemble classic oil paintings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 28, 2002
An entertaining mix of period drama and flat-out farce that should please history fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
June 28, 2002
Clever and delightful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
June 28, 2002
Sure, this is slight, but it's deftly done fluff, especially with the admirable Holm leading the campaign.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 28, 2002
A surprisingly sweet and gentle comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 27, 2002
The film is powered by the quietly electrifying performance of Ian Holm.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
June 27, 2002
The performances, direction and cinematography all conspire to make The Emperor's New Clothes a gentle valentine.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Loren King
Chicago Tribune
June 27, 2002
A sumptuous showcase for Ian Holm, who delivers not one but two great performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 25, 2002
It's a sweet movie you just have to either buy into it or not.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
June 25, 2002
This is a good yarn, successful and insightful, well-told and well-acted.
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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.
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
June 21, 2002
A trifle but an exceptionally civilized, charming trifle.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
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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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 14, 2002
This slight premise ... works because of the ideal casting of the masterful British actor Ian Holm as the aged Napoleon.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 13, 2002
[Holm's role is] a royal, finely modulated double performance by an actor who always wears his powers with graceful modesty.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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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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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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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 11, 2002
A lighthearted, feel-good film that embraces the time-honored truth that the most powerful thing in life is love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4