Emma. Reviews

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February 28, 2020
...this bright bubbly confection of a film doesn't really have anything new to say. It's lovely but we've seen it.
February 27, 2020
There's subversive material lurking within the pages of this script (by Eleanor Catton) that fails to replicate Austen's signature witticism for a 21st-century audience.
February 27, 2020
The two-hour tale lurches from farce to darkish social satire to thoughtful character study with few indicators that the main narrative can support that kind of carriage-shifting.
February 27, 2020
The new take on old material isn't fresh, offering sameness all around, with visual extremes easily to most interesting element of the production.
February 27, 2020
Though her nascent talents are honed towards the visual end, de Wilde's storytelling sensibilities are not quite up to par.
February 25, 2020
Charming moments it may have several, but it's frustratingly at the expense of its own socio-economic commentary.
February 25, 2020
There are hints of untapped potential in Emma., in the visual detail, the witty dialogue and performances, the baby steps into deconstruction of a classic tale, that feel wasted in service of just providing what is expected.
February 25, 2020
Mr. Knightley has some brave moments, but Emma is the only character I like in general. Perhaps that partly explains why this film doesn't work for me.
February 24, 2020
A sumptuous and breezy, yet anodyne comedy of manners that's only sporadically funny and witty. The costume design is better than the movie.
February 21, 2020
It's watchable and sort of fun but the latest version of the Jane Austen classic doesn't add layers or new perspective to the well-worn canon.
February 21, 2020
This Emma seems to regard those around her less as people in need of her skills, more like butterflies she can't wait to pin down to a decorative board for her own amusement.
February 20, 2020
Its textures and colors are exotic, and its star, Anya Taylor-Joy, fills the title role with precocious grace. What's missing is nuance, connective tissue, and depth of feeling.
February 20, 2020
A beautiful-looking film that lacks a compelling narrative due to interactions with mass amounts of characters who lack depth to anyone not familiar with the source material.
February 19, 2020
It's hard to make Jane Austen boring but the new version of Emma does its best.
February 19, 2020
Emma tries to get by on just it's looks (production design), but looks aren't everything.
February 14, 2020
Despite Emma's veneer of snarky modernity, Austen's characters and scenarios are rehashed rather predictably.
February 14, 2020
In the immortal words of Cher Horowitz... "As if!"
February 13, 2020
It should be a delicious chocolate gateau but Emma. makes heavy weather of Austen's charmer, delivering a tonally uneven, mostly airless affair.
February 13, 2020
A diverting if overlong 124 min, it's an attractive world to visit, you just might not want to hang out with the characters much.
February 13, 2020
[Autumn] de Wilde seems at a loss for what to do with the camera and isn't always in control of what she shows us.
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