Wild Nights With Emily

critic Reviews

89% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score89%
  • Silly yet deceptively smart, Wild Nights with Emily approaches its oft-investigated subject from a unique -- and utterly entertaining -- vantage point.
  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Andrea GronvallChicago Reader
    The supporting cast excels, with Amy Seimetz, Brett Gelman, Jackie Monahan, and Kevin Seal making the most of the well-tuned dialogue.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Christy LemireFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    There is a lot of truth to what we are seeing, but it is presented in a sly, deadpan way that is always amusing.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Johanna SchnellerGlobe and Mail
    Don't be alarmed by the first 10 minutes of this film. Stick with it, because the wobbly tone and some amateurish acting warm up into something lovely and memorable.
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    Deborah DundasToronto Star
    The legend that she rarely left her house and was a spinster and recluse is recast in this ribald production.
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    Pat PaduaWashington Post
    "Wild Nights" goes too far at times, threatening to reduce the writer's life to the punchline of a literary version of Rodney Dangerfield: She got no respect.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Sheila O'MalleyRogerEbert.com
    It's respectful, but it's also alive. It's serious, but it's also tongue-in-cheek. Olnek's approach gives Emily room to breathe. At last.
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    Joanne LaurierWorld Socialist Web Site
    Wild Nights with Emily is crude and amateurish for the most part, and not amusing.
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    Matt CipollaFilm Monthly
    [T]here are just as many points when [Olnek's] script tries to cauterize its sadder moments with dry humor that, while successful on the page, feel sloppy.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Orla SmithGirls On Tops (Read Me)
    Wild Nights With Emily is the film that Emily Dickinson deserves, true to her lively spirit and to her historically proven, but long denied, queerness. Like Dickinson's writing, Olnek's filmmaking is inspired, creative, witty, and lyrical.
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    Steven ProkopyThird Coast Review
    A beautiful-looking movie that frames the story like its own epic love poem to its subject. This is one of the year's most enjoyable films to date.
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