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  • Summary: Adapted from Ethan Canin's acclaimed short story "The Palace Thief," this film explores the turbulent relationship between a high school Classics professor (Kline) and one of his students (Hirsch).
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 32
  2. Negative: 5 out of 32
  1. This isn't a stand up and cheer flick; it's a sit down and ponder affair. And thanks to Kline's superbly nuanced performance, that pondering is highly pleasurable.
  2. Really two movies working against each other. One is a feel-good movie -- But the more intriguing movie is a tragedy that studies the subtle but long-lasting impact of the teacher's single moral lapse.
  3. 63
    More than just another feel-good teacher movie.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    50
    A rather stodgily directed pic by Michael Hoffman which extols the virtues of Greek and Roman thinking in the guise of Kevin Kline's classics teacher.
  5. Carefully sets itself up as an obvious, transparent morality play, and then just as deliberately refuses the easy payoff. This is both impressive and a little disingenuous: the film is in effect congratulating itself for refusing to offer a neat and tidy view of life without offering much else.
  6. Would be a much better film had it not relied so heavily on a bombastic soundtrack (by James Newton Howard) for its emotional impact and spared itself some of the more overdone images of campus life.
  7. A movie's script is its fate, which means this one is doomed.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 3 out of 18
  1. Roscoe
    Nov 17, 2007
    9
    The critics that damn this film are out of touch with the real meaning of this film and are likely to be devoid of any ethics, sensitivity The critics that damn this film are out of touch with the real meaning of this film and are likely to be devoid of any ethics, sensitivity and purpose in life. It shows why they are critics, rather people who perform a role that adds any real value to society. They are sad cases and I feel sorry for them. I love this movie. Expand
  2. [Anonymous]
    Sep 12, 2005
    8
    It's not as bad a critics claim it is. Kline is good, and the situation with that one cheater kid is interesting. Also shows how strict It's not as bad a critics claim it is. Kline is good, and the situation with that one cheater kid is interesting. Also shows how strict private schools get...sheesh (but they all got rich! or stayed that way). Guess that kid never changed. Expand
  3. Aug 17, 2014
    5
    Embellished with Kline's wonderful performance, "The Emperor's Club" is like "Dead Poets Society", but seems able to communicate successfullyEmbellished with Kline's wonderful performance, "The Emperor's Club" is like "Dead Poets Society", but seems able to communicate successfully its message, something the 1989 film did not manage. Its superior screenwriting and interesting performances, however, cannot compensate for such a cliched concept. Expand
  4. Jan 6, 2013
    3
    This movie is a aftershock of Dead Poet's Society and it goes down in flames due to it's predictable plot and uninteresting characters. TheThis movie is a aftershock of Dead Poet's Society and it goes down in flames due to it's predictable plot and uninteresting characters. The ending was unique but most of it was unnecessary. Costner has never been my favorite and he has proven again he is only a par actor. Expand

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