• Released
  • September 6, 2003
  • R , 1 hr 31 min
  • Drama
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
It's a beautifully modulated performance in a nicely crafted, quietly unassuming character study by Vancouver-based writer-director Carl Bessai.
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75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
The dreamy drama Emile shows how a talented cast can turn a tentative plot into pleasant viewing.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Poignant and well acted, though not very memorable.
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70

Film Threat

A small but excellent cast supports McKellen in what is a beautiful and intelligent film.
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70

Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
At heart a reverie, a meditation on the past and its treacheries.
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60

Variety

By Scott Foundas
A routine memory piece about long-buried family secrets that bubble back to the surface to wreak havoc.
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60

The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
While most films in which the angry past confronts the guilty present degenerate into mawkish reconciliations, Emile errs on the side of restraint.
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50

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Sensitively played but ultimately undone by its unconventional approach.
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50

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
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.
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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."
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58 out of 100
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