The Emperor's New Clothes

Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28

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Critic Reviews

  1. 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.
  2. 60
    Holm carries Napoleon's regal bluster without edging into cartoonish folly, taking him seriously enough to make an absurd situation solemn, and keeping the film from winking too coyly at its audience.
  3. 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.
  4. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Lynda Gorov
    50
    Not without its charms. But it never rises to its clever what-if concept.
  5. Watching this comedy is like going out with an attractive blind date who runs out of conversation after a quarter of an hour.
  6. 50
    All's fair in love and war, I know, but really now.
  7. Although there's plenty of opportunity for low comedy in the notion of an emperor and an oaf exchanging roles, The Emperor's New Clothes, much to its detriment, doesn't pursue them.
  8. 40
    Dull, if not devoid of wit, this shaggy dog longs to frisk through the back alleys of history, but scarcely manages more than a modest, snoozy charm.
  9. Reviewed by: Ian Freer
    40
    Not dire, but you can’t escape the feeling that there’s a good movie in here trying to get out.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
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    6
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  2. JD
    Oct 9, 2005
    10
    Exellent.