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The Truth About Emanuel Reviews

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Jason Best
Movie Talk
September 6, 2014
Part coming-of-age drama, part offbeat psychological thriller, The Truth About Emanuel does not entirely pull off its unusual story but is well worth watching for the spark generated by leads Kaya Scodelario and Jessica Biel.
Austin Trunick
Under the Radar
August 18, 2014
Though its twist comes early, the payoff has a surprisingly strong emotional impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Simon Kinnear
Total Film
June 1, 2014
An odd, sensitive affair, with Skins graduate Scodelario impressive in her American debut.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Orndorf
January 9, 2014
For those with more interest in the mental decay of trauma and troubling defense mechanisms, Emanuel steps carefully and finds the occasional note of profundity to articulate the awakening taking place.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Andrew O'Hehir
January 9, 2014
The film has an odd and striking energy, and the chemistry between Scodelario and Biel has an electrical charge to it.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 9, 2014
It runs out of steam, but the actresses are worth watching.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Chris Packham
Village Voice
January 7, 2014
Gregorini presents her characters as recognizably human balls of complexity, nudging but never forcing them toward a sad, beautiful conclusion.
Mike D'Angelo
The Dissolve
November 25, 2013
With a radically different tone and less naturalistic performances, The Truth About Emanuel might conceivably have worked. Gregorini didn't commit to the synthetic; paradoxically, that's what makes the film feel false.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jennifer Tate
May 2, 2013
This dark and occasionally suspenseful drama is an enjoyable watch thanks to some strong performances and Francesca Gregorini's sharp script ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kenji Lloyd
April 29, 2013
There is a real beauty and heartbreak to Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes that simultaneously haunts and warms every frame.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Todd Jorgenson
January 31, 2014
The truth isn't as satisfying as viewers might hope in this low-budget thriller.
Maryann Koopman Kelly
Paste Magazine
January 16, 2014
The Truth About Emanuel is as confusing a film as it is a beautiful one.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Nina Garin
San Diego Union-Tribune
January 10, 2014
"The Truth About Emanuel" is trying so hard and has elements that are weirdly creepy, yet it still manages to be surprising and achingly sad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Christy Lemire
January 10, 2014
The universal truths Gregorini ostensibly hopes to unearth here actually end up feeling more than a little murky.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Annlee Ellingson
Los Angeles Times
January 10, 2014
Tackling the pain of motherhood and guilt of daughterhood, director Francesca Gregorini builds unbearable tension into scenes that otherwise risk tilting toward melodrama.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
January 10, 2014
A film so self-serious that it demands to be remade as a Seth MacFarlane farce, "The Truth About Emanuel" mixes the ludicrous and the pretentious in a story about mommy issues gone wild.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 10, 2014
It's not so much a thriller as it is a ride on a runaway crazy train.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
January 9, 2014
A tedious wallow in female damage and the indulgence of same ...
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USA Today
January 9, 2014
The movie goes off the deep end early, often and to little effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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January 9, 2014
The movie, trapped in the weeds of self-pity and skin-deep badassery, never quite earns the sympathy it so strenuously solicits.
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