• Released
  • November 22, 2002
  • PG-13 , 2 hr 0 min
  • Drama
  • 2 Fan Ratings
75

ReelViews

By 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.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A substantial examination of character, morality and destiny.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
A traditionally dressed, old-fashioned drama, starring Kevin Kline in the Robin Williams role -- is as much about the moral development of the adult as about his boys'. More so, maybe.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Kevin Kline's performance shows a deep understanding of the character, who is, after all, better than most teachers, and most men. We care for him, not because he is perfect, but because he regrets so sincerely that he is not.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The ethical issues driving Michael Hoffman's The Emperor's Club almost outweigh the improbable arc of its story, and Kevin Kline's endearing performance as a prep school classics teacher is almost worth the price of admission.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
That uncertainty -- in the professor, in the audience -- is what drives Emperor's Club to a surprisingly thought-provoking, even disturbing conclusion.
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63

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Though the plot ends up taking some potentially compelling twists, its telling always feels manipulative.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Don't blame Kline. This most thoughtful of actors is trapped behind the lectern of a film that spouts contradictory lessons it can't reconcile.
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25

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Director Michael Hoffman sprays on the tears like a toxic mist. Avoid like the plague.
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20

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
A movie's script is its fate, which means this one is doomed.
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49 out of 100
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