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Emma marks an auspicious debut for writer-director Douglas McGrath, making the most of its Jane Austen source material -- and a charming performance from Gwyneth Paltrow.
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Emma's' unforced charm is a remarkable achievement for a first-time writer-director.
Suddenly you remember how merciless and cutting Austen's satire can be, even in the brutal '90s.
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.
Gwyneth Paltrow makes a resplendent Emma, gliding through the film with an elegance and patrician wit that bring the young Katharine Hepburn to mind.
It's not difficult to enjoy the genteel amusements Emma provides even while wishing its virtues were less wholly on the surface.
[Paltrow] plays the title role in Emma with wit, timing and a to-the-manor-born graciousness...It's an intelligent performance from an actress everyone was ready to dismiss as a lightweight.
A good and creditable final curtain on Jane Austen.
Perfect for warmhearted family entertainment.
This Emma is light, airy and modern -- surely Austen's funniest work.
While Sense and Sensibility loves subtlety, silence, and space, and Persuasion loves realism, repression, and understatement, Emma loves its star Gwyneth Paltrow ...
McGrath pokes gentle fun at the over-refinements of privileged gentility, though not without enjoying its trappings and honoring its best aspirations.
A good Jane Austen adaptation that can be watched over and over.
I don't know why everyone loves this movie I thought it was extremely boring.
Fairly faithful adaptation of the Jane Austen novel. Gwyneth Paltrow is adorable and Ewan McGregor sans ridiculous hair is kind of charming, so this should all make for quite a solid movie. But despite all this I was kind of bored. The problem is that the story wasn't all that great to begin with. Sorry, Ms. Austen.
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