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The Emperor's Club Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Some mature content, but fine for many teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
| Original Score: 3/5
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 Review| Original Score: 3.5/5
Kit Bowen
February 17, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
Paul Salfen
December 6, 2002
Serves up something satisfying to the viewer, but isn't terribly original.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
December 3, 2002
The eleventh hour plot twists are both fitting and unexpected.
Full Review
November 29, 2002
Hollywood History would dictate a predictable path given this set of circumstances, and the Emperor?s Club rises above such expectations.
Full Review| Original Score: 5/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
November 25, 2002
This is NOT a retread of "Dead Poets' Society."
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 25, 2002
Kevin Kline perfectly cast to play this.
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
November 24, 2002
Makes the case for a strong education and good teachers being more valuable in the way they help increase an average student's self-esteem, and not strictly in the knowledge imparted.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register
November 23, 2002
The ending feels at odds with the rest of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marshall Fine
Journal News (Westchester, NY)
November 23, 2002
Kline finds this character's self-assurance -- one senses that this actor was born self-assured -- and captures the way he is staggered by his inability to anticipate imperfections that he encounters.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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