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The Truth About Emanuel Reviews

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July 10, 2013
This reveal happens about 30 minutes into the film and the remaining hour is spent like a dark, humorless episode of Three's Company.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
January 8, 2014
What's missing, in the end, is any provocative or poignant insights into the "truth" about Emanuel; all we get are vague hints.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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
April 30, 2013
The irony is that in playing its silly premise dead straight, the film becomes a goldmine of unintentional hilarity.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
January 9, 2014
The result plays like bad poetry, eager to fool around with symbols, but unable to use them complexly or to realize their transformative potential.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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.
January 7, 2014
Clever characters, some witty dialogue and intriguing situations, but a mystery that gives away its mysteries far too easily.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
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.
January 10, 2014
It's not so much a thriller as it is a ride on a runaway crazy train.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
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
January 22, 2013
Although Gregorini is very clear on where her lead characters are coming from, it's where they're headed that remains entirely vague, an oversight that leaves them unfortunately adrift.
January 9, 2014
A tedious wallow in female damage and the indulgence of same ...
January 31, 2014
The truth isn't as satisfying as viewers might hope in this low-budget thriller.
January 22, 2013
Offbeat, but also frequently off-key and somewhat off-putting.
January 9, 2014
A lack of development - in both characters and storyline - will likely leave you feeling duped.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
Top Critic
January 9, 2014
The movie goes off the deep end early, often and to little effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 18, 2014
Though its twist comes early, the payoff has a surprisingly strong emotional impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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
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