The Truth About Emanuel Reviews

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Cory Everett
The Playlist
July 10, 2013

This reveal happens about 30 minutes into the film and the remaining hour is spent like a dark, humorless episode of Three's Company.

Full Review | Original Score: C-
Tomas Hachard
Slant Magazine
January 8, 2014

What's missing, in the end, is any provocative or poignant insights into the "truth" about Emanuel; all we get are vague hints.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Maryann Koopman Kelly
Paste Magazine
January 16, 2014

The Truth About Emanuel is as confusing a film as it is a beautiful one.

Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Shaun Munro
What Culture
April 30, 2013

The irony is that in playing its silly premise dead straight, the film becomes a goldmine of unintentional hilarity.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
AV Club
Top Critic
January 9, 2014

The result plays like bad poetry, eager to fool around with symbols, but unable to use them complexly or to realize their transformative potential.

Full Review | Original Score: C-
Annlee Ellingson
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
January 10, 2014

Tackling the pain of motherhood and guilt of daughterhood, director Francesca Gregorini builds unbearable tension into scenes that otherwise risk tilting toward melodrama.

Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service
January 7, 2014

Clever characters, some witty dialogue and intriguing situations, but a mystery that gives away its mysteries far too easily.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ella Taylor
NPR
Top Critic
January 9, 2014

The movie, trapped in the weeds of self-pity and skin-deep badassery, never quite earns the sympathy it so strenuously solicits.

David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic
January 10, 2014

It's not so much a thriller as it is a ride on a runaway crazy train.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Kyle Smith
New York Post
Top Critic
January 10, 2014

A film so self-serious that it demands to be remade as a Seth MacFarlane farce, "The Truth About Emanuel" mixes the ludicrous and the pretentious in a story about mommy issues gone wild.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Christy Lemire
RogerEbert.com
Top Critic
January 10, 2014

The universal truths Gregorini ostensibly hopes to unearth here actually end up feeling more than a little murky.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
January 22, 2013

Although Gregorini is very clear on where her lead characters are coming from, it's where they're headed that remains entirely vague, an oversight that leaves them unfortunately adrift.

Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
Top Critic
January 9, 2014

A tedious wallow in female damage and the indulgence of same ...

Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
January 31, 2014

The truth isn't as satisfying as viewers might hope in this low-budget thriller.

Dennis Harvey
Variety
Top Critic
January 22, 2013

Offbeat, but also frequently off-key and somewhat off-putting.

Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
Top Critic
January 9, 2014

A lack of development - in both characters and storyline - will likely leave you feeling duped.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nina Garin
San Diego Union-Tribune
January 10, 2014

"The Truth About Emanuel" is trying so hard and has elements that are weirdly creepy, yet it still manages to be surprising and achingly sad.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5

USA Today
Top Critic
January 9, 2014

The movie goes off the deep end early, often and to little effect.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Austin Trunick
Under the Radar
August 18, 2014

Though its twist comes early, the payoff has a surprisingly strong emotional impact.

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Kenji Lloyd
HeyUGuys
April 29, 2013

There is a real beauty and heartbreak to Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes that simultaneously haunts and warms every frame.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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