The Emperor's Club
The Emperor's Club (2002)

A dedicated teacher learns some important lessons about himself years after he retired from the classroom in this drama. William Hundert (Kevin Kline) is an instructor at St. Benedict's School for Boys, an exclusive private academy on… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 6, 2003
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Critic Score: 50% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though Kline is excellent in his portrayal of Hundert, the movie is too dull and sentimental to distinguish itself from other titles in its genre.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

Kevin Kline perfectly cast to play this.

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Mike Clark
USA Today

You don't have to be an especially tough grader to give a charitable B-minus to The Emperor's Club.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

A soulless rehashing of Dead Poet's Society is hardly the savior of American education

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

This isn't a stand up and cheer flick; it's a sit down and ponder affair. And thanks to Kline's superbly nuanced performance, that pondering is highly pleasurable.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

The movie may not be worthy of an Oscar, but Kline's highly nuanced performance is certainly worthy of our attention.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Some mature content, but fine for many teens.

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

It's a simpering, ineffective ersatz-drama, so simple-minded and unrealistic and so full of fussy stupidity, it exiles you.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

It's comfortable and pleasant, and if you squint you can practically see Dead Poets Society. And then it surprises -- just a bit, but enough.

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Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

Prep school professor tries to mold his students into upstanding young men, in particular one problem student. Ho-hum.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
paul sandberg
A film you swear you've seen before a hundred times, that is saved by a wonderful performance by Kevin Kline. This whistful looks into the world of… More
David O'Driscoll
Saw this at school and didn't like it at all. Good acting but the story is horrible and pointless
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KEVIN KLINE, EMILE HIRSCH, PAUL DANO, JESSE EISENBERG, EDWARD HERRMAN, EMBETH DAVIDTZ, PATRICK DEMPSEY William Hundert, St. Benedict's assistant… More
Nicolas Korovessis
A lesser good Dead Poets Society.
Al S
A magnificent movie. Funny and inspirational. Riveting and powerful. Kevin Kline is brilliant. Rich in character and tremdous in story.
Ivan Descartin
Sheds of Peter Weir's "Dead Poets Society" manifest in this fairly heartwarming film about the transcendent relationship between a teacher and… More

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