Wild Nights With Emily

critic Reviews

90% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score90%
  • Silly yet deceptively smart, Wild Nights with Emily approaches its oft-investigated subject from a unique -- and utterly entertaining -- vantage point.
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    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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    Orla SmithSeventh Row
    Wild Nights...acknowledges the overwhelming evidence that Dickinson...was a queer woman...[Madeleine Olnek's] Dickinson is full of life: she's prickly, but also funny and, of course, gloriously intelligent -- all is true of Olnek's film, too.
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    Mark McPhersonFilm Inquiry
    There's a refreshing nature to how Olnek gives Dickinson a certain dignity while embracing her truths that were buried in her work.
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    Anne BrodieWhat She Said
    Shannon lowers the registers on her comic rawness to deliver a warm, funny, engaging, even sprightly performance as poet Emily Dickinson.
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    Pat MullenCinemablographer
    Wild Nights With Emily is revisionist history played to the hilt. T
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    Chris KnightNational Post
    While I learned a lot about Dickinson from A Quiet Passion, it took this film to teach me that "Because I could not stop for Death" can be sung to the tune of "The Yellow Rose of Texas."
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    Sara ClementsDaze Magazine
    Olnek pens a story that is refreshing for the genre. It's not melancholy or narratively conflict-heavy as most queer stories are -- it's a comedy.
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    Andrew ParkerThe Gate
    It's a lot of fun in a ragtag, low budget sort of way, but there's also plenty of carefully considered food for thought in Olnek's latest that hopefully doesn't go unnoticed.
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    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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    Norman WilnerNOW Toronto
    Olnek executes moves with an antic, comic spirit. Her cast finds laughs in unexpected line readings and reactions that bolster the sense that we're watching fully developed human beings rather than literary stock figures.
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