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The Emperor's Club

Rated PG-13 for some sexual content.

PG-13 In Theaters 11/22/2002 , 109min.
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Dana Stevens
The New York Times
Carefully sets itself up as an obvious, transparent morality play, and then just as deliberately refuses the easy payoff. This is both impressive and a little disingenuous: the film is in effect congratulating itself for refusing to offer a neat and tidy view of life without offering much else. Full Review
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
This isn't a stand up and cheer flick; it's a sit down and ponder affair. And thanks to Kline's superbly nuanced performance, that pondering is highly pleasurable. Full Review
James Berardinelli
There's still quite a bit of the essence of "Dead Poets Society" in The Emperor's Club. Thankfully, however, the level of schmaltz and manipulation has been greatly reduced. Full Review
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
A movie's script is its fate, which means this one is doomed. Full Review
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
It's well crafted by director Michael Hoffman, not painful to sit through, and even contains some 21st century plot twists -- But unless you have a predisposition toward this kind of thing, none of that is going to matter much. Full Review

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