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Based on 10 Reviews
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  • 50
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Both lightweight and heavy-handed, Carl Bessai's arthouse drama can't even be redeemed by Ian McKellen's sensitive turn in the title role. show more

  • 80
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    It's a beautifully modulated performance in a nicely crafted, quietly unassuming character study by Vancouver-based writer-director Carl Bessai. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Poignant and well acted, though not very memorable. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    The dreamy drama Emile shows how a talented cast can turn a tentative plot into pleasant viewing. show more

  • 70
    Film Threat

    A small but excellent cast supports McKellen in what is a beautiful and intelligent film. show more

  • 50
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Sensitively played but ultimately undone by its unconventional approach. show more

  • 70
    Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times

    At heart a reverie, a meditation on the past and its treacheries. show more

  • 60
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    While most films in which the angry past confronts the guilty present degenerate into mawkish reconciliations, Emile errs on the side of restraint. show more

  • 60
    Scott Foundas Variety

    A routine memory piece about long-buried family secrets that bubble back to the surface to wreak havoc. show more

  • 30
    Village Voice

    Odd beginning permits viewers to leave after five minutes and know what happens. Those remaining are left with the full tome, its 92-minute length hiding an experience as draining as "Heaven's Gate." show more

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