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The Emperor's Club Reviews

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December 6, 2002
The Emperor's Club is the best pro-vouchers argument I've seen yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 21, 2002
In the spirit of Canin it ought to be, yet director Michael Hoffman and screenwriter Neil Tolkin can't resist converting rumination into plot, then tailoring the plot to the explication of messages they don't trust us to get -- or argue with.
November 22, 2002
The final third of the film is a redo of the contest when the boys are middle-aged. Yes, watching the same trivia contest twice is just as exciting as it sounds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 21, 2002
Movies with 25 guys wearing the same tie leave me cold.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
November 22, 2002
It's a simpering, ineffective ersatz-drama, so simple-minded and unrealistic and so full of fussy stupidity, it exiles you.
November 20, 2002
Full Review| Original Score: 6/10
November 24, 2002
There are a few things that will always be assured: death, taxes, and the obligatory "tender teacher tale" genre that bombards the big screen every blue moon.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 22, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 24, 2002
Long, boring, and uninteresting. Sounds just like school!
Full Review | Original Score: C-
November 14, 2002
...the efforts of its star, Kline, to lend some dignity to a dumb story are for naught.
Full Review | Original Score: D
November 16, 2002
director Hoffman, his writer and Kline's agent should serve detention
Full Review | Original Score: C-
November 20, 2002
A movie that seems motivated more by a desire to match mortarboards with Dead Poets Society and Good Will Hunting than by its own story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 22, 2002
Interchangeably Perfect Students run through the hall. God forbid they should be late for class, what with them being the children of privilege and all and do they have any idea how they'd shame the family name if they were a nanosecond out of lockstep? N
November 29, 2002
Feeling longer than its actual 109 minutes, the movie might have benefited from emphasizing its characters over platitudes.
December 16, 2002
The Emperor's Club looks like a fossil preserved from the 1950s.
Full Review | Original Score: C
November 20, 2002
Hoffman sprays on the tears like a toxic mist. Avoid like the plague.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
November 21, 2002
Thinking about what the film might have been makes it almost impossible to enjoy the film that is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 21, 2002
It's hard to believe that this film by Michael Hoffman ... is so humorless, so bloodless, so mawkish, so talky.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 21, 2002
The obvious sincerity of director Michael Hoffman and star Kevin Kline doesn't translate to on-screen energy.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 21, 2002
Life, the movie concludes, is not as simple as most movies like it would have you believe, but it doesn't manage to make the characters complex enough to make this an insight rather than an axiom.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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