Emma (1996)

Based on a comic novel by 19th century author Jane Austen's , this medium-budget romance features charming, sprightly humor chronicles the painful lessons learned by a well-meaning, over-confident upper class young woman who honestly… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 2, 1996
DVD Release Date: January 15, 2002
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Hal Hinson
Washington Post

Suddenly you remember how merciless and cutting Austen's satire can be, even in the brutal '90s.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

It's not difficult to enjoy the genteel amusements Emma provides even while wishing its virtues were less wholly on the surface.

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Chris Peachment
Daily Telegraph (UK)

A good and creditable final curtain on Jane Austen.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

When the going gets tougher the film doesn't have many answers, and the odd unsettling surge of over-emphasis betrays an eye on the American market.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Gwyneth Paltrow sparkles in the title role, as young Miss Woodhouse, who wants to play God in her own little patch of England.

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Ellen MacKay
Common Sense Media

Perfect for warmhearted family entertainment.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Gwyneth Paltrow makes a resplendent Emma, gliding through the film with an elegance and patrician wit that bring the young Katharine Hepburn to mind.

Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle

Paltrow is smashing.

Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

This Emma is light, airy and modern -- surely Austen's funniest work.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Wildaly M
Very delightful.
Jennifer Xu
Fairly faithful adaptation of the Jane Austen novel. Gwyneth Paltrow is adorable and Ewan McGregor sans ridiculous hair is kind of charming, so this should all… More
Cassie Hill
I don't know why everyone loves this movie I thought it was extremely boring.
Candy Rose
Great adaptation of Jane Austen's novel.
Martin Sahlin
jay nixon
gwyneth is good in this but it's the rest of the cast that really makes this a pleasure.