The narrative is numbingly agreeable, with likable characters working through a drama with no real teeth.
Although there’s nothing especially wrong with "Emily," little in the movie causes it to stand apart from other, similar productions.
U.S. Home Release Date: 2023-05-16
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Director: Peyton Reed
Cast: Paul Rudd, William Jackson Harper, Katy O’Brian, Bill Murray, Kathryn Newton, Jonathan Majors, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll
Maintains a high level of energy to go along with its eccentricity but, for all its epic aspirations, it feels slight.
The movie does not do Philip Marlowe a disservice but neither does it successfully re-invent the character for a new era and its attendant audience.
A rare misfire for director Steven Soderbergh; there is something unsatisfying about this motion picture.
One cannot help but wish the fantasy is better realized and the ending does not feel rushed and unearned.
The mediocre mystery/thriller not only fails to draw in viewers but falls short both in terms of world-building and suspense.
The film piques the intellect and feeds the bloodlust while offering an experience that only a Cronenberg can deliver.
Works well enough as a popcorn flick that doesn’t demand much in the way of concentration and is a better fit for at-home viewing than watching in a theater.
Highlights a strength of filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda – the ability to find compelling truths underneath a veil of sentimentality.