The Emperor's New Clothes
The Emperor's New Clothes (2002)

A fanciful retelling of the story of Napoleon Bonaparte (played by heralded actor Ian Holm, this British costume comedy suggests that it was Napoleon's double, not the man himself, who died on St. Helena Island. The film begins by… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: August 2, 2002
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The premise of The Emperor's New Clothes is intriguing, and Holm gives a delightful performance.

Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

A delightful, if minor, pastry of a movie.

Susan Stark
Detroit News

Recent and long-standing fans of Holm must relish the chance to watch Sir Ian in a dual role, one that he explores with customary insight, subtlety and good humor.

Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

Farcical, old-fashioned Hans Christian Andersen tale.

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Marta Barber
Miami Herald

Viewers are asked so often to suspend belief that were it not for Holm's performance, the film would be a total washout.

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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

[Holm] saves this film time and again with an eagle's gaze that puts you on alert, prompting you to sit up a little straighter in that theater seat.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A nifty premise turns into a ridiculous film.

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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly

It's a great big snore.

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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle

This new spin on the old switcheroo plot is intriguing, warmly human and gently funny.

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Jamie Gillies
Apollo Guide

A great companion piece to other Napoleon films.

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Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"The Emperor's New Clothes" takes place in 1821 as Napoleon Bonaparte(Ian Holm) escapes from St. Helena after a six year… More

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