Emma. (2020) - Comedy, Drama

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In 1800s England, a well meaning but selfish young woman meddles in the love lives of her friends.

IMDB: 6.7
Director: Autumn de Wilde
Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy, Johnny Flynn
Length: 124 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 66 out of 288 found boring (22.91%)

One-line Reviews (214)

Overall it may have it's faults and it will probably be forgotten about by the end of the year, but it's definitely one worth watching

I would rather have watched paint dry and that's saying something.

Add to that the fact that the acting, direction and camerawork are wonderful throughout, the writing is razor-sharp and the whole thing is wonderfully tongue-in-cheek, and you have an extremely enjoyable up-to-date adaptation of a much-beloved novel.

And the costumes are stunning.

This was one of the worst movies I have seen for a long long time.

It is a major snore.

A very funny and enjoyable rendition of the book on the big screen!

The costumes were stunning, the settings sublime, the music interesting (old English folk tunes in the main) and the script crackled things along well.

Particularly in its second half, when we see the meddling Miss Emma Woodhouse meet her match, the film develops a number of pleasantly entertaining romantic storylines that all tie up wonderfully come the finish.

but empty of soul....

It was a beautiful fun movie but it was kinda boring in the beginning and then it gets better and better

but a bit stodgy.

utterly stunning.

Sets and costumes all excellent - just let down by a dull story - sorry folks

Pretty yet boring .

It's extremely over-acted which is very annoying, they've chosen an almost Versailles-like pastel palette, which doesn't match Jane Austen's 18th century gloomy, gothic England, also the movie drags and gets really boring after the second half, it could have been much shorter.

Zzzzzzz .

I felt really bored.

This movie is a good one that is worth watching.

Throughout the film I thought that this resembled nothing of the heart and true moral education at the forefront of Emma, and so must only be entertaining to those who do not know Austen well and approach this story for the first time.

It's very disjointed.

Predictable from the get-go, confusing first act, and very hard to feel invested before the one-hour mark.

It was colorful and SLOW.

The lavish food and set contribute to this feeling of bored vanity as well.

In addition to the script, the production values are stellar, while movie is visually stunning and impeccably researched - it really felt like an authentic window into the 1800s.

There are no cardboard sets, sloppy table designs, or boring men.

This is an unclassificable boring parody without any depth.

First Hit: This version of the Jane Ashton tale, isn't very funny, somewhat long at over two hours, and, at times, oddly entertaining.

For example, the segment until the arrival of Mia Goth is a little boring.

Dull .

Bored to freaking death.

I highly recommend it.

Emma as meddler made more sense: she is painfully bored, has limited friends (most of whom are quite silly), and is incredibly vain.

Was a waste of time.

The cinematography is absolutely stunning.

Boring .

As cliche as it might sound, she carries the whole story on her shoulders.

The dialogue is, at times, a little pretentious and forced.


Enjoyable .

It seemed to be veering towards almost a slapstick, with the running "joke" of Mr Woodhouse's "do you feel a breeze" boring and unfunny.

Admittedly if you don't know the story, it can move fast, but to be fair, the book is long and tedious, with a lot to fit in two hours, which is one of my problems with the 2008 movie.

Absolute bore, fell asleep twice and walked out.

Other than that boring film

too dreary for words .

This version of "Emma", for all its stately beauty, is such an unnatural take on Jane Austen that it comes off as grotesque -- and certainly uninteresting to anyone accustomed to good period pieces.

Me, and my four friends were extremely bored, i went out one time and almost fell asleep.

Too long, slow, and not laughable!

It was too slow & failed to draw me in.

Overall Overall, if you like period dramas you might like this film but to me it is just a boring film that is just not worth a watch.

Not funny at all, most characters are dull, unlikable, or boring.

The actors, the scenario, the houses, the furniture, nature, and the sceneries are breathtaking.

We both feel indignant at Knightley for speaking to Emma in such a way, and yet know he was right to do so as the secondhand embarrassment for the viewers after seeing Emma's cruelty to Miss Bates is practically unbearable.

Slow, ponderous, devoid of any humour.

Don't waste money or time on this .

I enjoyed it, and I intend to see it again soon.

I loved the actress who played Harriet she is stunning

However, my only two negatives that bought this film down slightly for me was its occasional slow pacing and its choppy editing.

Don't waste your money.

apart from being 30 mins too long it was in my opinion very very boring.

Billy Nighy has a role in the film and he is basically the comic relief in the film with very little character, still he was entertaining in his role and it is nice to see him in this role as I haven't seen Nighy in much recently.

Having seen the uninspiring Little Women (2019), I went into this with low expectations.

It's well-shot and visually stunning.

While this is not the best adaption of the novel, it is probably the most enjoyable.

Overall: Despite the brief moments of hilarity, it was painfully long and contrived.

More importantly, the mansion and its grounds are about as lush and painterly as ever has been shown on a period piece, and the costumes are beyond breathtaking.

A Below Average Boring Period Drama .

Worst film ever, no story to it at all.

) and the thing that Billy Nighy always does is somehow bland.

This has so much potential and may visually stunning with some cool cinematography.

It's silly, too long and boring.

And when she inevitably shifts her feelings and outlook on life, it's both predictable and also somewhat out of left field.

And I can't really judge if what I was watching would make sense to an Austen virgin, shall we say, so what seemed disjointed and rushed to me might work perfectly for others.

The result is a confusion of ideas, weak characters and a less than riveting movie.

Watching the servants mutely obliging their masters was entertaining on its own.

Apart from stunning visuals, this adaption lacked heart.

The film, while briefly enjoyable in some areas of comedy, is a complete bore that nobody should be forced to watch in the theater.

Fluffy and empty.

Excellent Production in a Somewhat Boring Story .

BORING,good sleeping pill.

The standout performance for me in this movie is Miranda Hart as Miss Bates as the kind hearted but overbearingly boring twittering Village spinster.

It was slow and nothing happened and the conversations in the movie was almost painfully boring.

All in all, I must recommend this as a visually pleasing but emotionally shallow and logically confusing adaptation of Austen's comedic masterpiece.

I ended up fast forwarding through it, because I was bored.

The first act is a tad confusing, with too many characters getting introduced too fast.

This was a pleasant and entertaining film which is well paced.

Perfectly Formulaic .

Otherwise, still a magic and very entertaining movie, the director did a very impressive work of her first movie!!!

The dreary lighting often associated with period pieces is non-existent, and the costumes and set design are extraordinary.

Also the pacing of the film, the film is 2 hours long but I swear feels like double that, I was so bored I cannot explain.

The costumes and sets were absolutely breathtaking.

This new adaptation of the classic Jane Austen novel seems to be getting mixed reviews, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

How dull and terrible

It was a light-hearted, enjoyable romp, filled with great character acting performances.

I think this 2020 adaption will bore those not familiar with Jane Austen's works , and divide those that are familiar.

Another enjoyable moment was the introduction of Mrs Elton dressed as a wasp and (gasp) occupying the front pew.

It holds true to all the important and celibrated aspects of Jane Austen's novel, while injecting a fresh and very entertaining air into the classic story.

For anyone else, I fear it will either mildly entertain you or leave you bored.

Visual beauty but empty .

Boring boring.

Very enjoyable - 9/10

I thought the 1996 version was a bit boring.

Enjoy the slow!

The acting and the scenery are ok but the pace is painfully slow.

Truth be told the story is dull as ditchwater, the dialogue corny, way to much reliance on overlong stretches of dance routines.

Both stunning.

Great cinematography (Christopher Blauvelt), and an enjoyable score (Isobel Waller-Bridge and David Schweitzer).

Boring and painful to watch.

Nothing happened (except for the last few scenes) and the story seemed to be in a loop - disappointing.

Plus I know it is based on material but this film is really predictable, the film ended exactly as I expected and there was nothing to suprise or interest me here.

Quite enjoyable .

Good movie of a familiar story, I enjoyed it.

It was a terrible mistake going to watch such a boring - nostory- nocomedy noaction nodrama movie.

I really enjoyed it.

There's very little, if anything wrong with this movie and I would highly recommend it.

Everybody has a funnier personal story, everybody has likely experienced more tragedy, everybody has had more of an emotional rollercoaster at some point in their lives that would make for a more gripping, more cinematic experience.

Pointless scene followed pointless scene.

Will cure insomnia.

The rest is like watching paint dry.

Furthermore, the scenes with his wife are repetitive and the humor doesn't always land for that reason.

It was disjointed, seemed to focus on the sumptuousness rather than the arc and relied on music to convey tone.

If you suffer from insomnia I recommend this film .

It moves way too slow.

As movie moved on, I kinda enjoyed it.

The story flow was somewhat disjointed and music was strange.

An average story played out badly at an interminably slow pace.

For the other 99.9% of viewers, it's as confusing as having walked into a room of people speaking a different language....

~The ending is predictable despite the chemistry between Emma and Mr. Kneightly (Johnny Flynn).

But, once the film gets into its stride, it really impresses with enjoyable and pleasant romantic intrigue, backed up by engaging characters, great performances and utterly gorgeous production and costume design.

This film will cure your insomnia and send you to sleep within 30 minutes, was very slow and acting felt like they were performing a pantomime

was an enjoyable movie to watch on a Saturday afternoon.

This is far too long and On the whole the film struggles to find its footing.

The dynamic between Frank Churchill and Emma is utterly confusing.

Loved: Great, entertaining supporting characters.

It was just people in mildly embarrassing situations, or Bill Nighy looking endlessly bewildered whenever someone did something a little bit pretentious.

I watched this movie in cinemas with my boyfriend, of course I enjoyed it much more than he did, but unfortunately we both agreed on one specific thing - the plot of the story was rather hard to understand clearly, at one moment there's an argument between two of the characters and then the next minute they act as if nothing happened and somehow one has a crush on another and the other wants to marry this other random person.

Based on a timeless novel Emma by Jane Austen, this latest movie adaptation of her book is a beautiful, gorgeous and entertaining re-make that should easily please Austen fans old and new as it looks phenomenal.

Beautiful set in some stunning country homes The music really added to the polish of the movie it was like a character of its own Emma followed the book faithfully and was perfectly paced, and the humour was played to the max it was so fun to watch.

the you-are-what-you-ride theme was enjoyable.

This was an enjoyable watch with a bit of romance, intrigue, dancing and marriage proposals at dawn.

This is all very confusing as it happens on the way home from the ball - this is when Frank decides to return scissors to Miss Bates?

Save your money!

Good rental -- on a slow night.

The actors amd outfits were great, the whit throughout was very comical and enjoyable and mostly it stayed true to the novel.

All those who say it's slow or dull.

Compared to the other Emma films that have been made, this is a drag, fell asleep in the cinema.

I disliked the knightly Emma scene when he comes clean and she has a nose bleed and i also felt the Jane and Mr Churchill story wasnt as clear and maybe confusing for someone without prior Emma knowledge.

I expected boring local story about love.

Visually Stunning Not Enough .

But watching paint dry has more comedic responses than the entire dialog.

Dramatic music swells in the middle of the scene as though leading up to a crucial event, except nothing happens.

This was really boring.

Boring boring boring.

stunning .

Overall I think it's beautiful movie and definitely worth watching especially for Jane Austen fans.

If you are a fan of this period of time, this movie is worth watching.

Entire film full of boring conversation!

(I found myself bored at many many times in this film due to the lack of proper emotional tension.

This was cold and disjointed and the ridiculous part where Knightley proposes compares to the version of Pride & Prejudice where Darcy jumps in the lake.

If the brief, admittedly pointless, scene of nudity bothers you then you must have been born & raised always fully clothed.

Just plain boring .

It's enjoyable to watch adoption when you have no idea what will happen next.

Most entertaining and amusing .

all of it is all good and well but yawn!

This film fails to entertain even the most avid romance fans such as my sister and girlfriend who both fell asleep during the viewing.

For those unfamiliar with the novel, you may experience a slow build-up to connection with the characters ...

The film is somewhat slow and dull till halfway, when it begins to get more interesting by the clumsy situations that Emma creates.

This movie really must be your forte for it to be enjoyable.

such a dull, witless waste of time and talent.

Slow burn about a rich woman in England meddling in the relationships of everyone around her.

4/10 - this one was overwhelmingly dull and jus wasn't my cup of tea

The scenery and costumes are pure eye candy, it's worth watching it just for those, and the acting is very good, exceptional mostly.

This is a slow movie as several scenes are long, drawn-out conversations.

glacially slow...

Good actors are waste in a beautiful but totally meaningless movie.

Nevertheless, no matter how many times you have seen this story on film or re-read the book, this stunning new addition has earned the right to be considered one of the best.

This really isn't my kind of thing, but I enjoyed it all the same.

This is beautifully filmed, with stunning scenery and costumes.

The same screenplay trick is used throughout to twist certain relationships, becoming repetitive and a bit dull.

Disjointed mostly charming mishmash .

Well done to Autumn de Wilde for her first directing gig and a very entertaining cast and crew.

Fascinating .

I didn't finish it, couldn't stand what I read, and wrote a scathing critique on how dull and not really feminist by today's standards it was, and it ended up one of my best marked essays throughout all of high school.

Visually and Entertaining Cinema.

Knightley lives in a vast empty estate by himself.

I found myself getting a little bored at points with it getting slower and not caring too much about some characters.

Don't get me wrong, I personally love this genre of film, but I found it quite hard to follow on with.

The overuse of the song singing at the background scene, also make the film unwatchable!

Most BORING movie i have ever seen,spent the whole time during the movie trying to stay awake.

When I saw it, a woman walked out as soon as she saw Jonny Flynn as Mr Knightley - she was making a big mistake.


The movie is breathtaking with nearly every shot, as the cinematography captures some beautiful set design, giving a dream like state to each scene.

Moderately succeeding as it tries to find a middleground between modern-day comedy and sumptuous costume drama, Emma is an enjoyable and undeniably pretty watch throughout.

Don't waste your time.

Well-Made, Yet Uninteresting .

A very clever treatment of the cliche of an Austen proposal scene - breaking it up with a bright red reality check.

Fans of stories from this time period that are prone to liking movies like this from time to time will probably love this film, because all the elements that these movies usually bore me with are extremely well done, admittedly.

I am not a massive fan of period dramas but I will give any film a try and write often like them, however I just found this film as dull as dishwater.

There are movies I love that aren't particularly thought provoking or dramatically original, but are enjoyable as basic entertainment for me personally.

The costumes and scenery of this film are lush and rich, and the cinematography is fantastic, but there was something about this film that made its pacing plodding when compared to the Gwyneth Paltrow/Jeremy Northam version.

Once again, the lack of comedic zip does mean that the film's themes on high society are less entertaining, but when it comes to romantic intrigue, Emma is a thoroughly enjoyable watch.

Good Version of Emma, enjoyable and funny.

I enjoyed it .

However, the script was too bland for it to be memorable.

If you're after something unexpected, look elsewhere.

"Emma" is slow...

Even the witty banter is plain and dull.

As viewers we find Miss Bates to be at least as entertaining as Emma herself.

Bored out of my skull .

2 hours of boredom.

An entertaining two hours.

All in all, an enjoyable romp.

She has never loved, despite the persistent presence of 'family friend' George Knightley (Johnny Flynn), but finds it entertaining to engage in matchmaking, particularly in respect to her somewhat lower class friend Harriet Smith (Mia Goth).

I would rather watch paint dry and that's saying something.