100

USA Today

By Mike Clark
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]
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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.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
McGrath's script is faithful: fierce when it needs to be and devilishly funny.
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80

Empire

By Angie Errigo
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.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
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.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
Apart from its star, though, Emma may be the least convincing Austen adaptation so far.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Perhaps the highest praise that can be given Paltrow is that there are no appreciable performance gaps between her green talents and the rest of the truly top-drawer cast.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The subtle ironies of Austen's novel are rendered obvious, and the book's social satire gives way here to more straightforward romantic comedy.
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50

San Francisco Examiner

By Barbara Shulgasser
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.
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66 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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