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  • Summary: Alex Sheldon (Wilson) is an author whose writer's block is the least of his problems - he also happens to be flat broke and owes Cuban loan sharks $100,000. Desperate, Alex secures the services of opinionated stenographer Emma Dinsmore (Hudson) to help him complete his novel and get paid byAlex Sheldon (Wilson) is an author whose writer's block is the least of his problems - he also happens to be flat broke and owes Cuban loan sharks $100,000. Desperate, Alex secures the services of opinionated stenographer Emma Dinsmore (Hudson) to help him complete his novel and get paid by his publisher in time to save his skin. (Warner Bros.) Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 35
  2. Negative: 17 out of 35
  1. Alex & Emma isn't nearly as clever as Reiner's classic "Misery," a very different look at a male writer and his female companion. But it's diverting fun.
  2. Reviewed by: Angel Cohn
    50
    Hudson and Wilson share a natural and easy chemistry that helps compensate for the Cuban-mobster subplot.
  3. Reviewed by: Kevin Carr
    50
    Too much of Alex & Emma is an overt attempt to recreate the lightning in a bottle Reiner achieved with “When Harry Met Sally.”
  4. 40
    The movie and the movie-within-a-movie share a chemistry even more awkward than that of their flat-footed leads.
  5. 38
    Emma writes everything down and then offers helpful suggestions, although she fails to supply the most useful observation of all, which would be to observe that the entire novel is complete crap.
  6. The inside story is weak, dull and head-poundingly boring, and the outside story is only slightly better, thanks to the lukewarm likability of its two stars.
  7. Astonishingly dull. The leads have zero chemistry, the supporting actors are even worse, and the script is a lifeless, draggy thing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 3 out of 7

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