Emma. Reviews

Page 1 of 2
February 27, 2020
Love may or may not make the world go round, but Austen's trick - repeated here by de Wilde - is in making us believe, for a minute, that matters of the heart matter more than anything else on Earth.
February 27, 2020
Directed by Autumn de Wilde, the new "Emma." - note that whimsical period - begins disastrously before righting itself to an acceptable tilt.
February 27, 2020
The movie is fine, and so is its Emma, Anya Taylor-Joy, but the standout is Bill Nighy in the small role of the main character's hypochondriac father.
February 26, 2020
It's clear that de Wilde adores Emma, for all her challenges, just as much as her fictional admirers. And audiences should fall in love with her again, too.
February 26, 2020
All this adds up to a movie filled with that simple yet rare thing: pure pleasure. This film is both a loving homage to Austen and a celebration of fashion and decorative arts.
February 26, 2020
It's funnier than most Austen adaptations and more visually beautiful, and then there's the movie's odd tone, which combines a rigorous attention to period detail with an arch and seemingly modern sensibility.
February 25, 2020
The movie strains at the outset; the early scenes are dominated by a brisk procession of tidy, somewhat static shots, set into motion by some intrusive music and editing. Then, rather miraculously, it starts getting better and better.
February 24, 2020
Although it remains a classic literary adaptation faithful to its source, it is absolutely of its own time too.
February 22, 2020
It feels so alive, fresh, and new like you've never seen before.
February 22, 2020
This new "Emma." -- yes, with a period affixed to the name -- is one that knows in its bones that Austen wrote the first great teen comedy, and runs with that joyfully.
February 21, 2020
Feels both modern and authentic in the best way, inviting everyone, diehard Austenites and newbies alike, into its embrace.
February 21, 2020
Autumn de Wilde's approach to this tale of frenzied and complicated social activity is both elegant and comedic.
February 21, 2020
This is one of those films which begin haltingly and, bit by bit, develop a smooth stride.
February 21, 2020
De Wilde's stylish, stylized Emma. doesn't rewrite the Austen playbook, but it shakes it up a bit-emphasizing the stakes of Emma's careless meddling and adding a spiky 21st-century sensibility to Austen's 19th-century ode to checking your privilege.
February 20, 2020
"Emma" partisans, fortunately, never say die, and a very satisfying new version of Austen's sprightly novel has been directed in high style by Autumn de Wilde.
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.
Top Critic
February 20, 2020
This is the first feature from the photographer and music-video director Autumn de Wilde, and while she has an obvious eye for beauty, she has an equally sharp eye for the absurd.
February 20, 2020
As Emma's plans stutter forward and amusingly slip off course, the filmmakers' mild interventions feel less forced, more organic; even a seductive dance and an importunate nosebleed end up working nicely.
February 20, 2020
Emma. occupies a perplexing if ultimately pleasurable spot on the Austen industrial complex's twin axes of faithful/revisionist and realistic/stylized.
February 20, 2020
Tart, bright, and utterly intoxicating.
Page 1 of 2