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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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Rated PG-13 | For some sexual content