The Emperor's New Clothes

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  • Summary: An original tale about Napoleon's last great adventure -- and the adventures of the lowly impostor who assumed his identity in a grand conspiracy to outwit the world. (Paramount Classics)


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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. 88
    It's sometimes said that the greatest test of a chef is cooking something cheap and simple, like a piece of chicken or a hamburger. In a movie that testifies to simple pleasures, Taylor and company pass that test again and again.
  2. New Times (L.A.)
    Reviewed by: Gregory Weinkauf
    In tampering with history, these storytellers present to us a rare and wonderful case of enlightenment beyond the accepted truth.
  3. 75
    Taylor's approach to this material -- mixing occasional humor with undemanding drama -- works well enough that we don't care about the logical inconsistencies and plot holes. To that end, The Emperor's New Clothes ends up as a pleasant diversion.
  4. The film's European locations, sets (in Rome's Cinecitta studios) and photography are unusually striking; Rachel Portman contributes an elegant score; and Holm (who played the emperor once before in 1981's "Time Bandits") embodies the character with an effortlessly regal charisma.
  5. 60
    Desperately wants to be whimsical and charming. But whimsy isn't easy to carry off, and director Alan Taylor, who has directed mostly television dramas, has a heavy hand -- scenes meant to be comical are destroyed by leaden pacing and a puzzling mix of tones.
  6. 60
    A fun and fanciful comic adventure, based on the novel "The Death of Napoleon" by Simon Leys, that takes a great premise and runs with it.
  7. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    The blithely dishonest script would have us believe that the real Napoleon can't prove his identity when the fake Napoleon refuses to come clean. Not only is that patent nonsense, it's cockeyed dramaturgy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. JD
    Oct 9, 2005
  2. Sep 27, 2015
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