Emperor's New Clothes

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Released 2001

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Director:
Alan Taylor
Released:
2001
Rating:
PG
An exiled Napoleon devises a plan to retake the throne. He'll swap places with commoner Eugene Lenormand, sneak into Paris, then Lenormand will reveal himself and Napoleon will regain his throne. Things don't go at all well; first, the journey proves more difficult than expected, but more disastrously, Lenormand enjoys himself too much to reveal the deception. Napoleon adjusts somewhat uneasily to the life of a commoner while waiting, as Lenormand gorges on rich food.

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  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Sergio Ballo's costumes have the look of authentic clothing, realistically reflecting the characters' wide range in social status. Rachel Portman's score, at once romantic, majesti...

  • 70

    Variety Derek Elley

    Pleasant rather than rollicking entertainment.

  • 40

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    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.

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