The Emperor's New Clothes (2015)

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Critic Consensus: The Emperor's New Clothes offers trenchant, timely insight on the current socioeconomic climate that is only partly undermined by star Russell Brand's self-aggrandizing on-screen persona.

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How did the rich get so...rich? In this hilarious, passionate, and empowering look at income inequality, activist comedian Russell Brand and director Michael Winterbottom (The Trip) uncover the roots of the world financial crisis. With a mix of rabble-rousing outrage and audacious comedy, Brand examines how bank bailouts have left the 99% high and dry-taking his message straight to the top as he fearlessly confronts the corporations and political leaders responsible. By turns thought-provoking and wildly entertaining, The Emperor's New Clothes is a timely reminder that change begins with the people.

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Critic Reviews for The Emperor's New Clothes

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (8)

The latest effort from British director Michael Winterbottom is a well-intentioned but poorly executed documentary on wealth inequality.

Jan 7, 2016 | Full Review…

It too often feels like "Button-Pushing Encounters with Russell Brand."

Dec 18, 2015 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Advocacy documentaries simply don't get better or more compelling than this.

Dec 17, 2015 | Full Review…

Brand is a hectoring irritant throughout the film, a walking info dump who occasionally makes a spectacle of himself for the camera.

Dec 17, 2015 | Full Review…
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The only experience more enervating than hearing about The Emperor's New Clothes is actually watching it.

Dec 17, 2015 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
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"The Emperor's New Clothes" is moderately effective agitprop.

Dec 15, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Emperor's New Clothes

Russell Brand takes us on a enigmatic journey inside the corporate heads and dirty deals of banks as well as the growing capitalist regime dominating worldwide financial markets. You may compare him to Michael Moore, targeting the rich profiteering from there gross income whilst ignoring their financial compensation towards the public on ordinary matters getting away with dirty deeds that have you screaming out 'Guilty". Very fascinating and insightful in scope, with enough radicalized wit and glamour of Brand's own political activism. Caution is advised as well as open minds encouraged when watching a documentary like this.

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