Emma (1996) Synopsis
In the 1800s, a matchmaker's (Gwyneth Paltrow) machinations prove disastrous.
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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...
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88

TV Guide

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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Rated PG
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Common Sense Media says OK for kids 11+ Perfect for warmhearted family entertainment.
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