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Based on 17 Reviews
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  • 38
    David Hiltbrand Philadelphia Inquirer

    It's highly doubtful that you'll grasp even a little of The Truth About Emanuel after seeing this film. It's not so much a thriller as it is a ride on a runaway crazy train. show more

  • 40
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    The most startling truth is about Emanuel is that she's a rather ordinary teen in a rather ordinary movie. show more

  • 60
    Justin Lowe The Hollywood Reporter

    Although Gregorini is very clear on where her lead characters are coming from, it’s where they’re headed that remains entirely vague, an oversight that leaves them unfortunately adrift. show more

  • 60
    Ella Taylor NPR

    Despite some very welcome black comedy — Jimmi Simpson appears delightfully, but too briefly, as a passive-aggressive co-worker who threatens to unravel the cocoon of delusion in which Emanuel has wrapped herself — the movie, trapped in the weeds of self-pity and skin-deep badassery, never quite earns the sympathy it so strenuously solicits. show more

  • 50
    Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service

    They waste this cast and these characters on a story so conventional, so neatly wrapped up in the finale, that the real mystery is how Gregorini and co-writer Sarah Thorpe didn’t see that. show more

  • 38
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    The arsenal is empty, and there’s nowhere for The Truth About Emanuel to go except — unfortunately — downhill. show more

  • 38

    Writer-director Francesca Gregorini's film just feels tonally off like that most of the time, and the inclusion of magical realism elements — while attractively photographed — only muddle matters further. show more

  • 25
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    A film so self-serious that it demands to be remade as a Seth MacFarlane farce, The Truth About Emanuel mixes the ludicrous and the pretentious in a story about mommy issues gone wild. show more

  • 25
    Tomas Hachard Slant Magazine

    What's missing, in the end, is any provocative or poignant insights into the "truth" about Emanuel; all we get are vague hints. show more

  • 50
    Mike D'Angelo The Dissolve

    With a radically different tone and less naturalistic performances, The Truth About Emanuel might conceivably have worked. Gregorini didn’t commit to the synthetic; paradoxically, that’s what makes the film feel false. show more

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