Wild Nights with Emily


Wild Nights with Emily (2018)



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This Victorian dramedy re-imagines the personal life of 19th century poet Emily Dickinson. It destabilizes the widely held perception that she was a reclusive spinster by showcasing her "hidden persona": a lively and comedic personality who was romantically involved with her best friend/sister-in-law.


Molly Shannon
as Adult Emily
Susan Ziegler
as Adult Susan
Brett Gelman
as Higginson
Jackie Monahan
as Adult Lavina

Critic Reviews for Wild Nights with Emily

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

If the film has a flaw, its that it's so preoccupied with balancing its furious feminism with gags about Victorian life that there's little running time to lavish on Dickinson's actual poetry.

Mar 22, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Wild Nights With Emily may be Olnek's most political film to date, one that could forever change the narrative of the world's most famous woman poet.

Mar 13, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

However well or poorly it matches the truth of Dickinson's life, the film's vision of her long relationship with Susan is warmly funny.

Mar 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Olnek has crafted a lovely, heart-warming piece which reminds us of the importance of revisiting and challenging historical narratives and leaves one in both fits of laughter and in need of a few moments of contemplation.

Jan 22, 2019 | Full Review…

Maybe "Wild Nights with Emily" is one of those films I'll revisit, oh, ten, fifteen years from now and realize I Missed the Boat -- Maybe --

Nov 25, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Shifting fluidly from comic romp to serious drama, Nights resuscitates Dickinson from the cobwebbed, sexless mythology that we see, at the movie's end, her prudish literary executives invented for her after her death.

Sep 27, 2018 | Full Review…

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