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The Emperor's Club Reviews

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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
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
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
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 21, 2002
Movies with 25 guys wearing the same tie leave me cold.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
November 22, 2002
It's a simpering, ineffective ersatz-drama, so simple-minded and unrealistic and so full of fussy stupidity, it exiles you.
Mark R. Leeper
November 20, 2002
Full Review| Original Score: 6/10
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
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
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
November 22, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Danny Minton
KBTV-NBC (Beaumont, TX)
November 24, 2002
Long, boring, and uninteresting. Sounds just like school!
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
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
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 16, 2002
director Hoffman, his writer and Kline's agent should serve detention
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Rob Blackwelder
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
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
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
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
November 29, 2002
Feeling longer than its actual 109 minutes, the movie might have benefited from emphasizing its characters over platitudes.
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
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 20, 2002
Hoffman sprays on the tears like a toxic mist. Avoid like the plague.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 21, 2002
It's hard to believe that this film by Michael Hoffman ... is so humorless, so bloodless, so mawkish, so talky.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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+
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 3, 2002
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Robert Koehler
July 24, 2008
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
December 23, 2002
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
Katrina Onstad
National Post
November 23, 2002
Cynthia Fuchs
December 1, 2002
Bill Gallo
Dallas Observer
January 8, 2003
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 19, 2004

Baltimore Sun
November 22, 2002
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 22, 2002

Boston Phoenix
November 23, 2002

Orlando Weekly
November 28, 2002

The Straits Times (Singapore)
April 2, 2003

Sydney Morning Herald
April 4, 2003
February 1, 2004
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