Critic Consensus: 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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Critic Reviews for Emma
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.
Audience Reviews for Emma
I don't know why everyone loves this movie I thought it was extremely boring.
|Mr. Knightley:||Vanity working on a weak mind produces every kind of mischief.|
|Frank Churchill:||Is your horse just washing his feet or are there darker forces at work?|
|Emma Woodhouse:||The latter I'm afraid. Something has happened to the wheel and I cannot move.|
|Frank Churchill:||Well you'll just have to live here then. Bye-bye.|
|Mr. Knightley:||Whom you going to dance with?|
|Emma Woodhouse:||With you if you'll ask me. You've shown yourself to be a fine dancer despite all your protests and it shall not be improper for us to dance. After all we are not brother and sister.|
|Mr. Knightley:||(Laughing) Brother and sister?! No, no... No indeed we are not...|
|Mr. Knightley:||[laughing] Brother and sister?! No, no... No indeed we are not...|