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: 36%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The universal truths Gregorini ostensibly hopes to unearth here actually end up feeling more than a little murky."
‑ Christy Lemire,
"It's not so much a thriller as it is a ride on a runaway crazy train."
‑ David Hiltbrand, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Part coming-of-age drama, part offbeat psychological thriller, The Truth About Emanuel does not entirely pull off its unusual story but is well worth watching for the spark generated by leads Kaya Scodelario and Jessica Biel."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"The truth isn't as satisfying as viewers might hope in this low-budget thriller."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"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,
"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
"Though its twist comes early, the payoff has a surprisingly strong emotional impact."
‑ Austin Trunick, Under the Radar
"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
"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
"An odd, sensitive affair, with Skins graduate Scodelario impressive in her American debut."
‑ Simon Kinnear, Total Film
""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
"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
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