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The Emperor's New Clothes Reviews

July 25, 2002
A delightful, if minor, pastry of a movie.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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
July 19, 2002
It's a great big snore.
July 19, 2002
Recent and long-standing fans of Holm must relish the chance to watch Sir Ian in a dual role, one that he explores with customary insight, subtlety and good humor.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
July 12, 2002
This new spin on the old switcheroo plot is intriguing, warmly human and gently funny.
Read More | Original Score: B+
July 11, 2002
Charming but slight.
July 11, 2002
A bright, inventive, thoroughly winning flight of revisionist fancy.
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
June 28, 2002
Some of the shots are so elegantly composed that they resemble classic oil paintings.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 28, 2002
An entertaining mix of period drama and flat-out farce that should please history fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 28, 2002
Clever and delightful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 28, 2002
It never rises to its clever what-if concept.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 28, 2002
Sure, this is slight, but it's deftly done fluff, especially with the admirable Holm leading the campaign.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 28, 2002
A surprisingly sweet and gentle comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 27, 2002
The film is powered by the quietly electrifying performance of Ian Holm.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 27, 2002
The performances, direction and cinematography all conspire to make The Emperor's New Clothes a gentle valentine.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 27, 2002
A sumptuous showcase for Ian Holm, who delivers not one but two great performances.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 25, 2002
It's a sweet movie you just have to either buy into it or not.
June 25, 2002
This is a good yarn, successful and insightful, well-told and well-acted.
June 24, 2002
While the central idea is a clever one, the script unfortunately lacks the sparkle necessary to make the conceit come alive.
June 21, 2002
A trifle but an exceptionally civilized, charming trifle.
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 14, 2002
This slight premise ... works because of the ideal casting of the masterful British actor Ian Holm as the aged Napoleon.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 13, 2002
The enormous comic potential of an oafish idiot impersonating an aristocrat remains sadly unrealized.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
June 13, 2002
[Holm's role is] a royal, finely modulated double performance by an actor who always wears his powers with graceful modesty.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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 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 11, 2002
A lighthearted, feel-good film that embraces the time-honored truth that the most powerful thing in life is love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4