The Emperor's Club Reviews

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May 31, 2012
A soulless rehashing of Dead Poet's Society is hardly the savior of American education
December 28, 2010
Some mature content, but fine for many teens.
January 29, 2009
Prep school professor tries to mold his students into upstanding young men, in particular one problem student. Ho-hum.
August 7, 2008
December 30, 2006
December 6, 2004
While it does trumpet good virtues and offer good lessons, it does so without grit, passion, or originality.
August 1, 2003
...allows Kline to play the sort of cocksure character he specializes in.
August 1, 2003
William Hundert (Kevin Kline) isn't charismatic or cool… I like that about him. He isn't selling his own personality, authenticity, or commitment; he isn't selling education as self-actualization (Dead Poets Society)…
March 23, 2003
Welcome to The Emperor's Club, close affiliate to the Dead Poet's Society and Mr Holland's Opus, where students arrive in limousines and wear ties to class.
February 17, 2003
February 11, 2003
Kevin Kline's star turn as a good-yet-flawed prep school teacher is a very different take on private-school-flick cliches. ...
February 8, 2003
...Teeters on the edge of over-sentimentality, occasionally just going ahead and falling in.
January 13, 2003
The generic standard of the super-teacher is only one piece of a larger, more satisfying story that runs counter to the overblown optimism of films like Dead Poets Society.
January 5, 2003
One of the better stories about teaching, joining such classics as "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" and "Mr. Holland's Opus.'
January 3, 2003
The Emperor's Club, ruthless in its own placid way, finds one of our most conservative and hidebound movie-making traditions and gives it new texture, new relevance, new reality.
December 27, 2002
Much smarter and more attentive than it first sets out to be.
December 23, 2002
doomed to conformity from the outset by its very setting, which also dictates that the primary themes revolve around honor, loyalty, honesty, and all those other important concepts that define "uplifing" message movies
December 16, 2002
The Emperor's Club looks like a fossil preserved from the 1950s.
December 16, 2002
The Emperor's Club is a nerd's version of Dead Poets Society...but lacking the wonder, revelation and charisma of the latter.
December 6, 2002
Serves up something satisfying to the viewer, but isn't terribly original.
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