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The Emperor's Club Reviews

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
May 31, 2012
A soulless rehashing of Dead Poet's Society is hardly the savior of American education
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Some mature content, but fine for many teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael Dequina
January 29, 2009
Prep school professor tries to mold his students into upstanding young men, in particular one problem student. Ho-hum.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
While it does trumpet good virtues and offer good lessons, it does so without grit, passion, or originality.
Read More | Original Score: C-
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 1, 2003
...allows Kline to play the sort of cocksure character he specializes in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
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)…
Full Review | Original Score: B
Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)
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.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: 3.5/5
James Rocchi
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. ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
...Teeters on the edge of over-sentimentality, occasionally just going ahead and falling in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Andrew Manning
Radio Free Entertainment
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 5, 2003
One of the better stories about teaching, joining such classics as "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" and "Mr. Holland's Opus.'
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
December 27, 2002
Much smarter and more attentive than it first sets out to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
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
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 16, 2002
The Emperor's Club looks like a fossil preserved from the 1950s.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Anita Schmaltz
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Paul Salfen
December 6, 2002
Serves up something satisfying to the viewer, but isn't terribly original.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
December 6, 2002
The Emperor's Club is the best pro-vouchers argument I've seen yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
December 3, 2002
The eleventh hour plot twists are both fitting and unexpected.
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December 2, 2002
It generates a paltry amount of drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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