|Paramount Classics | Release Date: June 14, 2002||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
Engaging, witty and touching film, one that defies categories to become a romantic comedy, historical biopic and philosophical rumination, all in one.
In tampering with history, these storytellers present to us a rare and wonderful case of enlightenment beyond the accepted truth.
In a hilarious bit of actorly sleight-of-hand, Holm (who is not new to the role of Napoleon, having it played it twice before) slips effortlessly from emperor to impostor.
Not without its charms. But it never rises to its clever what-if concept.
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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