The Truth About Emanuel
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Emanuel (Kaya Scodelario), a troubled girl, becomes preoccupied with her mysterious, new neighbor (Jessica Biel), who bears a striking resemblance to her dead mother. In offering to babysit her newborn, Emanuel unwittingly enters a fragile, fictional world, of which she becomes the gatekeeper. (C) Tribeca
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 28%

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"The universal truths Gregorini ostensibly hopes to unearth here actually end up feeling more than a little murky."
‑ Christy Lemire, RogerEbert.com
"It's not so much a thriller as it is a ride on a runaway crazy train."
‑ David Hiltbrand, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The truth isn't as satisfying as viewers might hope in this low-budget thriller."
‑ Todd Jorgenson, Cinemalogue.com
"For those with more interest in the mental decay of trauma and troubling defense mechanisms, Emanuel steps carefully and finds the occasional note of profundity to articulate the awakening taking place."
‑ Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com
"What's missing, in the end, is any provocative or poignant insights into the "truth" about Emanuel; all we get are vague hints."
‑ Tomas Hachard, Slant Magazine
"Tackling the pain of motherhood and guilt of daughterhood, director Francesca Gregorini builds unbearable tension into scenes that otherwise risk tilting toward melodrama."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Los Angeles Times
"A tedious wallow in female damage and the indulgence of same ..."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"The Truth About Emanuel is as confusing a film as it is a beautiful one."
‑ Maryann Koopman Kelly, Paste Magazine
"It runs out of steam, but the actresses are worth watching."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Clever characters, some witty dialogue and intriguing situations, but a mystery that gives away its mysteries far too easily."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"A film so self-serious that it demands to be remade as a Seth MacFarlane farce, "The Truth About Emanuel" mixes the ludicrous and the pretentious in a story about mommy issues gone wild."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"The movie goes off the deep end early, often and to little effect."
‑ , USA Today
""The Truth About Emanuel" is trying so hard and has elements that are weirdly creepy, yet it still manages to be surprising and achingly sad."
‑ Nina Garin, San Diego Union-Tribune
"The result plays like bad poetry, eager to fool around with symbols, but unable to use them complexly or to realize their transformative potential."
‑ Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, AV Club
"With a radically different tone and less naturalistic performances, The Truth About Emanuel might conceivably have worked. Gregorini didn't commit to the synthetic; paradoxically, that's what makes the film feel false."
‑ Mike D'Angelo, The Dissolve
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