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Emile Reviews

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Scott Foundas
March 4, 2005
A routine memory piece about long-buried family secrets that bubble back to the surface to wreak havoc.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 4, 2005
Confusing the profound with the pretentious, director Bessai packs the story with elliptical, ominous flashbacks that undercut all the advances he makes with the contemporary tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
March 4, 2005
Tenderly touches our emotions.
| Original Score: 3/4
Ken Fox
TV Guide
March 4, 2005
Sensitively played but ultimately undone by its unconventional approach.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 3, 2005
Sir Ian McKellen is at his tweediest and most persnickety as the title character in Emile, the portrait of an eminent scientist who returns from England to his homeland, Canada, to receive an honorary degree from the University of Victoria.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Blaylock
Village Voice
March 3, 2005
It's appropriate that the director calls this the final chapter in a trilogy about struggling with one's identity -- he shows none of his own while mishandling someone else's.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
February 17, 2005
Poignant and well acted, though not very memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Timothy Knight
February 4, 2005
It's ultimately more simplistic and contrived than provocative.
| Original Score: 2.5/4

E! Online
February 4, 2005
While this dreamily photographed piece contains fine performances by all, it loses its way as it lingers too long in the past and moves too slowly in the present.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 3, 2005
At heart a reverie, a meditation on the past and its treacheries, the ways in which people become flawed, and the eternal though often elusive possibility of forgiveness and redemption.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
December 27, 2004
McKellen and Unger do a wonderful trudging through the dirt (and, finally, cheese), Emile never quite gets off the ground.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joe Utichi
July 20, 2004
An honest and intelligent look into real relationships, impressively original in its execution and breathtakingly remarkable in its delivery.
| Original Score: 83/100
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
June 4, 2004
The films of Carl Bessai are remarkably similar on two fronts: (1) They all have a single name for a title -- first Johnny, then Lola, now Emile; and (2) They just aren't getting much better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
May 22, 2004
a film of tender hues, quiet intensity and elegiac melancholy that you may well find lingering in your own memory.
David Hughes
Empire Magazine
May 22, 2004
Technical shortcomings aside this is a good story well told, elevated by McKellen on top form.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jamie Russell
May 11, 2004
Reminds us that Sir Ian McKellen is used to playing more complex characters than Gandalf or Magneto.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ashley Cooper
Film Threat
March 30, 2004
A small but excellent cast supports McKellen in what is a beautiful and intelligent film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
March 16, 2004
Beautifully filmed and edited by Bessai to take us into the mind of a man who has made too many life-changing decisions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
February 11, 2004
Emile may not be flashy, it may even be hard slogging emotionally, but it has value.
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
February 11, 2004
McKellen, as one might expect, is brilliant in the role of a 60-something man re-inhabiting his earlier life on a farm in Saskatchewan and visiting the imagined life of his brother and his niece during the period when he has been living in England.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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