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The Emperor's New Clothes
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 presenting Napoleon after his defeat at Waterloo, at the home of a young boy (Tom Watson), where he watches a slide show of his actions and begins to tell his story. The film flashes back to Napoleon's six years of house arrest, when he dictated his memoirs to an aide (Murray Melvin). He has concocted a scheme with his sidekicks Montholon (Nigel Terry) and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A delightful, if minor, pastry of a movie."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"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."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"Farcical, old-fashioned Hans Christian Andersen tale."
‑ Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
"A unique, and not always successful mixture of comedy and drama, helped by Ian Holm's inspired acting."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"All of this is written, directed and acted with verve, feeling and wit."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Viewers are asked so often to suspend belief that were it not for Holm's performance, the film would be a total washout."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"[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."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"A nifty premise turns into a ridiculous film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Mr. Holm possesses the kind of skill that acting is all about: He can make an audience forget what they know and believe they are watching two different men."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
"It may not be history %u2013 but then again, what if it is? %u2013 but it makes for one of the most purely enjoyable and satisfying evenings at the movies I've had in a while."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"It's a great big snore."
‑ Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"This new spin on the old switcheroo plot is intriguing, warmly human and gently funny."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"A great companion piece to other Napoleon films."
‑ Jamie Gillies, Apollo Guide
"Fails to ignite in the way a film -- even a comedy -- revolving around Napoleon should."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"Unlike a vaguely similarly-themed film, Dave, New Clothes is not concerned with what the unwitting usurper does, but who he becomes."
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
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