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By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Delightful Austen adaptation has a couple of cheeky scenes.

Movie PG 2020 123 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 27 parent reviews

age 10+

Amazing and…

This movie is amazing! The costumes were wonderful and the plot fun and exciting to follow. A Emma's butt is shown for a few seconds but that just really add to the beauty of the movie.up until a little after Emma’s time woman did not wear underwear. So it all adds to the historical accuracy.but anyway Amazing movie definitely should watch. Also if you don’t care about historical accuracy (which you should) it just a butt every one has one chill out

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age 16+

A disgrace for Jane Austen's novel

I was excited for it but It was a total disappointment . Emma was so different from the Novel , so stiff , arrogant and bad facial expressions . I don't know who came up with this idea of making the movie kinda funny because it was not . And what's with her father ? He was not that extreme in the novel to be honest ..everything was a disgrace and thats MY opinion in it at least. Finally ....seriously whats with all the nude scenes ? They were not necessary whatsoever .
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (27 ):
Kids say (19 ):

Gorgeous details combined with a funnier-than-expected screenplay and a wonderful ensemble make this one of the best Jane Austen adaptations in many years. Director Autumn de Wilde and screenwriter Eleanor Catton have infused Emma. with heart, humor, and a positive gloss on the female relationships in the story. Taylor-Joy's expressive face and spot-on mannerisms turn the well-intentioned but clueless main character into a redeemable person who's far more substantial than her superficial matchmaking suggests. Flynn is an unconventional but fabulous choice for Knightley. He's not the typical tall/lantern-jawed hero like the men who play Frank Churchill or Robert Martin, but he's passionate and generous and he sees Emma.

The production design is top-notch, transforming England's countryside into a Regency village with its abbey manses, tenant farms, town shops, and more. The costumes are amazing, including the way that so much about each character is expressed through the costume choices, from Vicar Elton's overblown sleeves to his pretentious bride's larger-than-necessary accessories to Harriet's simple but beautiful dresses and, of course, Emma's to-die-for gowns, which connect her to surroundings and people in each season. Then there's the introduction to Knightley undressing and dressing (yes, you'll see his bum for a quick moment). Even stripped of all the finery and societal norms, it's the relationships that are most important here, and Taylor-Joy, Flynn, Goth, Nighy, and company don't disappoint. The back-and-forth between Emma and Knightley is reminiscent of screwball-comedy banter, and it's hilariously fraught with sexual tension. Those familiar with Austen's work will likely appreciate Emma. the most, but newcomers will also be delighted by this charming adaptation.

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