EMMA.

critic Reviews

86% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score86%
  • Other adaptations may do a better job of consistently capturing the spirit of the classic source material, but Jane Austen fans should still find a solid match in this Emma.
  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Garrett MitchellAV Club
    It's clear that de Wilde adores Emma, for all her challenges, just as much as her fictional admirers. And audiences should fall in love with her again, too.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Moira MacDonaldSeattle Times
    All this adds up to a movie filled with that simple yet rare thing: pure pleasure. This film is both a loving homage to Austen and a celebration of fashion and decorative arts.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Mick LaSalleSan Francisco Chronicle
    It's funnier than most Austen adaptations and more visually beautiful, and then there's the movie's odd tone, which combines a rigorous attention to period detail with an arch and seemingly modern sensibility.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Michael PhillipsChicago Tribune
    The movie strains at the outset; the early scenes are dominated by a brisk procession of tidy, somewhat static shots, set into motion by some intrusive music and editing. Then, rather miraculously, it starts getting better and better.
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    David SextonLondon Evening Standard
    Although it remains a classic literary adaptation faithful to its source, it is absolutely of its own time too.
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    Christy LemireFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    It feels so alive, fresh, and new like you've never seen before.
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  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Brian OrndorfBlu-ray.com
    The new take on old material isn't fresh, offering sameness all around, with visual extremes easily to most interesting element of the production.
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    Kiko MartinezSan Antonio Current
    Where Emma. separates itself from past interpretations is with the vision of debut filmmaker Autumn de Wilde. His aesthetic as a music video director...lends itself well to Austen's witty dramedy in a way that doesn't smother it in British stuffiness.
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  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Kyle PinionScreenRex
    Though her nascent talents are honed towards the visual end, de Wilde's storytelling sensibilities are not quite up to par.
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    Pat BrownSlant Magazine
    This lively adaptation plays up the novel's more farcical elements, granting it a snappy, rhythmic pace.
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