The Truth About Emanuel Reviews

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Christy Lemire
RogerEbert.com
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
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Annlee Ellingson
Los Angeles Times
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.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
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
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
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
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
January 9, 2014
A tedious wallow in female damage and the indulgence of same ...
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USA Today
January 9, 2014
The movie goes off the deep end early, often and to little effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
January 9, 2014
The film has an odd and striking energy, and the chemistry between Scodelario and Biel has an electrical charge to it.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
January 9, 2014
A lack of development - in both characters and storyline - will likely leave you feeling duped.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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-
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Chris Packham
Village Voice
January 7, 2014
Gregorini presents her characters as recognizably human balls of complexity, nudging but never forcing them toward a sad, beautiful conclusion.
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
January 22, 2013
Offbeat, but also frequently off-key and somewhat off-putting.
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
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.