• Released
  • January 10, 2014
  • (Limited)
  • 1 hr 36 min
  • Drama
  • 2 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: A troubled teen befriends a new neighbor who is lost in a fragile, fictional world of her creation.

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Village Voice

By Chris Packham
Despite the psychological extremes, writer-director Francesca Gregorini presents her characters as recognizably human balls of complexity,...
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60

NPR

By Ella Taylor
Despite some very welcome black comedy — Jimmi Simpson appears delightfully, but too briefly, as a passive-aggressive co-worker who...
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Justin Lowe
Although Gregorini is very clear on where her lead characters are coming from, it’s where they’re headed that remains entirely vague, an...
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50

The Dissolve

By Mike D'Angelo
With a radically different tone and less naturalistic performances, The Truth About Emanuel might conceivably have worked. Gregorini didn’t...
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50

Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
They waste this cast and these characters on a story so conventional, so neatly wrapped up in the finale, that the real mystery is how...
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50

Salon.com

By Andrew O'Hehir
The film has an odd and striking energy, and the chemistry between Scodelario and Biel has an electrical charge to it. There are a couple...
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42

The A.V. Club

By Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Unable to create emotional tension, it instead opts for obliqueness — which can be tantalizing, but only if there’s something worthwhile...
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42

The Playlist

By Cory Everett
There are shades of “Lars & the Real Girl” here, but where that film skewed towards dark comedy (which helped temper its outlandish...
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40

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The most startling truth is about Emanuel is that she's a rather ordinary teen in a rather ordinary movie.
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40

Variety

By Dennis Harvey
Played flatly head-on with some poetic pretensions, the concept never becomes particularly credible or appealing.
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