Emmanuelle (1974)

This film is the first of the French softcore-porn series about a young woman's awakening to new sexual dimensions. Emmanuelle is the suppressed wife of a diplomat. By virtue of her husband's profession, the sheltered Emmanuelle is… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 3, 1974
DVD Release Date: June 10, 1998
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Critic Score: 56% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Film is a series of glossy images and appears more a come-on for the civil service than for femme lib.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Though it is more historically significant than any other softcore porno ever made, it just isn't that memorable an exploitation film.

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William Thomas
Empire Magazine

First time director Just Jaecklin's film is the movie that set the clichés for the soft core films to follow.

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Time Out

Very glossy, very French voyage into sexual discovery that mingles cliché and elegant posturing with an attempt to broaden the horizons of the sex film.

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TV Guide

One of the classics of soft-core erotic cinema.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It's a relief, during a time of cynicism in which sex is supposed to sell anything, to find a skin flick that's a lot better than it probably had to be.

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All in all, a somewhat tedious but occasionally amusing period romp.

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Flixster Audience Score: 38% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
Boring! Not at all the sensual steamy romance that it says it's supposed to be. I wasn't impressed by any of the actors, and I hated the story.… More
Quinto Wallight
The film is very loose when it comes to a plot, but Sylvia Kristel is undoubtedly gorgeous, the scenery looks spectacular and the film is worth something for… More