Emma

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Released 1996

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Director:
Douglas McGrath
Released:
1996
Rating:
PG
Emma, starring Gwyneth Paltrow, is the 1996 film adaption of the classic Jane Austen novel of the same name. Directed by Douglas McGrath, the film chronicles a year in the life of Emma Woodhouse (Paltrow), who thinks of herself as a successful matchmaker. Emma wrongly takes credit for the budding romance between her governess (Greta Scacchi) and Mr. Weston (James Cosmo), and believes she can succeed as Cupid again. Emma sets her sights on Mr. Elton (Alan Cumming) and Harriet Smith (Toni Collette). After Emma and Harriet become close friends, Emma discourages her from accepting a marriage proposal from Robert Martin (Edward Woodall), an old family friend. When Mr. Elton professes his love for Emma, she realizes the trouble she has created. Rachel Portman won the Academy Award for Best Score for her work on the film, making her the first female composer to win an Award in said category.

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  • 80

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Gwyneth Paltrow makes a resplendent Emma, gliding through the film with an elegance and patrician wit that bring the young Katharine Hepburn to mind.

  • 80

    Variety Ken Eisner

    A fine cast, speedy pacing and playful direction make this a solid contender for the Austen sweepstakes.

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    As the only Austen work to be named after its heroine, Emma must have an engaging performance in the title role to succeed at all, and fortunately Gwyneth Paltrow, after a slow sta...

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    Love & Romance, 90s