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Handsome, clever, and rich, Emma Woodhouse is a restless queen bee without rivals in her sleepy little town. In this glittering satire of social class and the pain of growing up, Emma must adventure through misguided matches and romantic missteps to find the love that has been there all along.
Comedy Drama - This is an adaptation of the classic Jane Austen novel, with Anya Taylor-Joy in the title character. Aside from Bill Nighy, most of the cast is filled with British newcomers. Female moviegoers are the target. There is very little in the way of objectionable content, and most parents will find this safe viewings for pre-teens and up.
Roger EbertFull Review Very Good You'd think we would be Emma-ed out by now. Not so. The new adaptation...is here, and it's wonderful! Charm is one of the hardest qualities to capture (or even explain), and there is genuine charm here. The performances are uniformly excellent, each actor bringing depth and shading to their characters...
NY PostFull Review Good All Jane Austen's heroines are clever, but Anya Taylor-Joy brings an unusually sharp edge to her rendition of Emma Woodhouse in "Emma." ...loses a bit of focus when it comes to the story's supporting characters...
Rolling StoneFull Review Very Good Latest take on the writer's 1816 tale of a wily matchmaker knocks the stuffing out of typical costume-drama versions. Taylor-Joy is not out to make us like Emma, but to understand her -- a far more challenging proposition.
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Based on a theater exit polling of 70 moviegoers:
TEENS: A the females loved "Emma."
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: Two females loved it, one enjoyed "Emma" very much and one felt it was a "good/average" movie (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable).
ADULTS: The male and female reviews are nearly identical. About half loved it with another20% of the ladies and 30% of the guys rating it "above average," which indicates a movie they enjoyed very much. The remaining 25%, or so, didn't care as much for this movie. Some actually disliked it rating it "poor." Chances are high that you will enjoy this movie, as long as you go into it knowing that it's going to be a slow movie.