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July 19, 2002
It's a great big snore.
July 20, 2002
While Holm is terrific as both men and Hjejle quite appealing, the film fails to make the most out of the intriguing premise.
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January 11, 2011
Farcical, old-fashioned Hans Christian Andersen tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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
September 3, 2003
A nifty premise turns into a ridiculous film.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
June 11, 2002
Dull, if not devoid of wit, this shaggy dog longs to frisk through the back alleys of history, but scarcely manages more than a modest, snoozy charm.
June 13, 2002
The enormous comic potential of an oafish idiot impersonating an aristocrat remains sadly unrealized.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
June 14, 2002
For all its fabulous outerwear, The Emperor's New Clothes feels very hand-me-down.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 28, 2002
It's a sitcom-minded working-class romance dressed in lace and buckles, a Merchant-Ivory Full Monty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 7, 2002
The director mostly plays it straight, turning Leys' fable into a listless climb down the social ladder.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 15, 2002
Another day, another story. Rewriting history in 'The Emperor's New Clothes'
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June 28, 2002
It never rises to its clever what-if concept.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 17, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 11, 2002
If only the film had more farce and less romantic fluff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 12, 2002
In the end, the once-proud leader has been reduced to the impish dimensions of a sitcom character, from Emperor Napoleon to Major Dad.
June 24, 2002
While the central idea is a clever one, the script unfortunately lacks the sparkle necessary to make the conceit come alive.
July 19, 2002
Not even Sir Alec Guinness could have made it memorable
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 19, 2002
Presents an intriguing concept ... without developing the idea in a believable or amusing way.
July 19, 2002
Viewers are asked so often to suspend belief that were it not for Holm's performance, the film would be a total washout.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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