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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
July 19, 2002
[Holm] saves this film time and again with an eagle's gaze that puts you on alert, prompting you to sit up a little straighter in that theater seat.
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
July 19, 2002
Presents an intriguing concept ... without developing the idea in a believable or amusing way.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
July 19, 2002
Holm manages to hold the whole thing together, while convincingly shifting gears between the two characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
July 19, 2002
Not even Sir Alec Guinness could have made it memorable
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John Esther
Pasadena Weekly
July 15, 2002
Another day, another story. Rewriting history in 'The Emperor's New Clothes'
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Marshall Fine
Journal News (Westchester, NY)
July 15, 2002
The film offers an intriguing what-if premise.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
July 12, 2002
Holm does his sly, intricate magic, and Iben Hjelje is entirely appealing as Pumpkin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
July 12, 2002
To build a feel-good fantasy around a vain dictator-madman is off-putting, to say the least, not to mention inappropriate and wildly undeserved.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
July 12, 2002
The film is occasionally too happy with itself, but it's anchored in a marvelously varied and tempered performance by Ian Holm.
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
July 12, 2002
This new spin on the old switcheroo plot is intriguing, warmly human and gently funny.
| Original Score: B+
Gerry Shamray
Your Movies (cleveland.com)
July 12, 2002
The Emperor's New Clothes is a great movie-going fit.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 11, 2002
A bright, inventive, thoroughly winning flight of revisionist fancy.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
July 11, 2002
Charming but slight.
Kim Linekin
eye WEEKLY
July 11, 2002
If only the film had more farce and less romantic fluff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
July 9, 2002
The Emperor's New Clothes is a whimsy, by-the-numbers comedy that adds a surprising vigor to an otherwise standard story -- this film is rigid and delightfully realized
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jonathan Lewis
Gay Chicago Magazine
July 1, 2002
Both a historical rumination and a fanciful romantic comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 1, 2002
It's too self-important and plodding to be funny, and too clipped and abbreviated to be an epic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 1, 2002
"The Emperor's New Clothes" begins with a simple plan....Well, at least that's the plan.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
July 1, 2002
At times, it waxes a little saccharine, but it believes fervently in its characters and story, and makes us believe in them too.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 30, 2002
As adapted by Kevin Molony from Simon Leys' novel "The Death of Napoleon" and directed by Alan Taylor, Napoleon's journey is interesting but his Parisian rebirth is stillborn
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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