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Emma Reviews

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Ellen MacKay
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Perfect for warmhearted family entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
August 19, 2006
Suddenly you remember how merciless and cutting Austen's satire can be, even in the brutal '90s.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
January 26, 2006
When the going gets tougher the film doesn't have many answers, and the odd unsettling surge of over-emphasis betrays an eye on the American market.
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
This Emma is light, airy and modern -- surely Austen's funniest work.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
While Sense and Sensibility loves subtlety, silence, and space, and Persuasion loves realism, repression, and understatement, Emma loves its star Gwyneth Paltrow ...
Full Review | Original Score: B
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
May 31, 2004
McGrath pokes gentle fun at the over-refinements of privileged gentility, though not without enjoying its trappings and honoring its best aspirations.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Gwyneth Paltrow makes a resplendent Emma, gliding through the film with an elegance and patrician wit that bring the young Katharine Hepburn to mind.
| Original Score: 4/5
Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal
April 24, 2003
A good Jane Austen adaptation that can be watched over and over.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
April 21, 2003
Fun, but pales next to the previous year's Clueless.
| Original Score: 3/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 16, 2003
Although it is a very fine film, I found the pace a little slow in places as it wandered off the mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
March 15, 2003
Slightly fun, but really boring.
| Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
November 14, 2002
Pure movie joy.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Emma is delightful, a breezy romance comedy of complication and confusion, with Gwynneth Paltrow a winning delight as the titular Ms. Woodhouse, meddling in the romantic lives of her friends and associates.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 28, 2002
Vivid cautionary tale for well-intentioned do-gooders.
Kat Giantis
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
It is Paltrow who brings this film to life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Leslie Rigoulot
Film Scouts
April 17, 2002
Enjoy Emma, a bit of brightness in a summer of explosions.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
It's not difficult to enjoy the genteel amusements Emma provides even while wishing its virtues were less wholly on the surface.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Gwyneth Paltrow sparkles in the title role, as young Miss Woodhouse, who wants to play God in her own little patch of England.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

E! Online
January 1, 2000
...as refreshing as strawberries and Devonshire cream...
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
January 1, 2000
Emma proves that cinema is up to the greatest that literature has to offer.
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