The Truth About Emanuel
The Truth About Emanuel (2014)

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,… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 10, 2014
DVD Release Date: March 25, 2014
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Critic Score: 36% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Christy Lemire

The universal truths Gregorini ostensibly hopes to unearth here actually end up feeling more than a little murky.

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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer

It's not so much a thriller as it is a ride on a runaway crazy train.

Jason Best
Movie Talk

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.

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Annlee Ellingson
Los Angeles Times

Tackling the pain of motherhood and guilt of daughterhood, director Francesca Gregorini builds unbearable tension into scenes that otherwise risk tilting toward melodrama.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

A tedious wallow in female damage and the indulgence of same ...

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

Though its twist comes early, the payoff has a surprisingly strong emotional impact.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

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.

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USA Today

The movie goes off the deep end early, often and to little effect.

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Simon Kinnear
Total Film

An odd, sensitive affair, with Skins graduate Scodelario impressive in her American debut.

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A troubled teenage girl becomes obsessed with the single mom who moves in next door, who has secrets of her own. A bit slow and heavy-handed at times, but… More
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Reading the bad reviews on RT I wonder why people didn't like drama thriller indie written, directed and produced by Francesca Gregorini. The film stars… More
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Jesse Ortega
I don't know why, but this felt like a Lifetime made-for-TV movie to me. I went to this film's Wikipedia page expecting for it to have actually been… More