Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Emma is the peak of the recent Austen pack and a star-maker, too -- an antidote to a summer in which even good movies have subordinated writing and characters to special effects. [02 Aug 1996, Pg.01.D]
  2. Reviewed by: Alison Macor
    Despite my lack of Austen education, I found the film to be thoroughly engaging and surprisingly touching, so I can only imagine how pleased a true Austen-ite may be with Emma.
  3. 88
    McGrath's script is faithful: fierce when it needs to be and devilishly funny.
  4. Reviewed by: Staff (not credited)
    The movie is a genteel, witty soap opera designed to make everyone feel the better for having not only seen it, but having had a bit of fun.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
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  2. Jul 31, 2014
    In Jane Austen’s EMMA, our protagonist Emma (Paltrow) is a 22-year-old keen matchmaker in rural 1800s England, especially when she successfully acts as a go-between between her governess Miss Taylor (Scacchi) and the middle-aged widower Mr. Weston (Cosmo), at their wedding, she is determined to find a proper suitor for her kind-hearted but diffident friend Harriet Smith (Collette), this time her aim is Mr. Elton (Cumming) from a rich family.
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  3. BobbieH
    Jun 28, 2009
    A wonderful movie with beautiful scenery and dresses and a beautiful love story. One to watch over and over... My favorite line: "And now, for the cream." Full Review »