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Based on 22 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    McGrath's script is faithful: fierce when it needs to be and devilishly funny. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The subtle ironies of Austen's novel are rendered obvious, and the book's social satire gives way here to more straightforward romantic comedy. show more

  • 100
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Emma is the peak of the recent Austen pack and a star-maker, too -- an antidote to a summer in which even good movies have subordinated writing and characters to special effects. [02 Aug 1996, Pg.01.D] show more

  • 88
    TV Guide

    The movie is a genteel, witty soap opera designed to make everyone feel the better for having not only seen it, but having had a bit of fun. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Yet in its high spirits and wicked good humor, Emma is a delightful film--second only to "Persuasion" among the modern Austen movies, and funnier, if not so insightful. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Emma lacks the depth of passion present in the other Austen films, but, in large part because it's trying for something lighter and breezier, it's still fun. show more

  • 75
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Apart from its star, though, Emma may be the least convincing Austen adaptation so far. show more

  • 50
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    I tried to find in Paltrow what all her admirers in numerous magazine articles have reported. I tried to ignore a less than enchanting English accent and a tendency to be wiped off the screen whenever other actors were given much to do. show more

  • 80
    Angie Errigo Empire

    Coming from a novice director, the film is not as impressive as "Sense And Sensibility", but as a light-hearted and energetic comedy of who-loves-who? and small upsets, this works well - and it boasts Paltrow's star-making turn. show more

  • 89
    Austin Chronicle

    Despite my lack of Austen education, I found the film to be thoroughly engaging and surprisingly touching, so I can only imagine how pleased a true Austen-ite may be with Emma. show more

  • March 22, 2010 Joan de la foret
    Report This User

    Light and delightful, Gwyneth captures the essence of Emma. Jeremy is the perfect Mr. Nightley.

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