The Emperor's Club
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The Emperor's Club
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 the East Coast where Hundert drills his charges on the moral lessons to be learned through the study of Greek and Roman philosophers. Hundert is fond of telling his students, "A man's character is his fate," and he strives to impress upon them the importance of the ordered and examined life. In 1976, however, Hundert finds himself with an… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Kevin Kline perfectly cast to play this."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"You don't have to be an especially tough grader to give a charitable B-minus to The Emperor's Club."
‑ Mike Clark, USA Today
"A soulless rehashing of Dead Poet's Society is hardly the savior of American education"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"While it does trumpet good virtues and offer good lessons, it does so without grit, passion, or originality."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Welcome to The Emperor's Club, close affiliate to the Dead Poet's Society and Mr Holland's Opus, where students arrive in limousines and wear ties to class."
‑ Shannon J. Harvey, Sunday Times (Australia)
"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."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"The movie may not be worthy of an Oscar, but Kline's highly nuanced performance is certainly worthy of our attention."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Some mature content, but fine for many teens."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"...allows Kline to play the sort of cocksure character he specializes in."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Kevin Kline's star turn as a good-yet-flawed prep school teacher is a very different take on private-school-flick cliches. ..."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
"It's a simpering, ineffective ersatz-drama, so simple-minded and unrealistic and so full of fussy stupidity, it exiles you."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"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."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Prep school professor tries to mold his students into upstanding young men, in particular one problem student. Ho-hum."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"William Hundert (Kevin Kline) isn't charismatic or cool… I like that about him. He isn't selling his own personality, authenticity, or commitment; he isn't selling education as self-actualization (Dead Poets Society)…"
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"...Teeters on the edge of over-sentimentality, occasionally just going ahead and falling in."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
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