Wild Nights with Emily (2019) - Rotten Tomatoes

Wild Nights with Emily (2019)



Critic Consensus: 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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In the mid-19th century, Emily Dickinson is writing prolifically, baking gingerbread, and enjoying a passionate, lifelong romantic relationship with another woman, her friend and sister-in-law Susan...yes this is the iconic American poet, popularly thought to have been a recluse. Beloved comic Molly Shannon leads in this humorous yet bold reappraisal of Dickinson, informed by her private letters. While seeking publication of some of the 1,775 poems written during her lifetime, Emily (Shannon) finds herself facing a troupe of male literary gatekeepers too confused by her genius to take her work seriously. Instead her work attracts the attention of an ambitious woman editor, who also sees Emily as a convenient cover for her own role in buttoned-up Amherst's most bizarre love triangle.

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Molly Shannon
as Adult Emily
Susan Ziegler
as Adult Susan
Brett Gelman
as Higginson
Jackie Monahan
as Adult Lavina

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All Critics (73) | Top Critics (14)

There is a lot of truth to what we are seeing, but it is presented in a sly, deadpan way that is always amusing.

September 26, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

June 6, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The legend that she rarely left her house and was a spinster and recluse is recast in this ribald production.

June 6, 2019 | Full Review…

"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.

May 7, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

April 29, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

At the heart of Wild Nights with Emily is a real love for Dickinson's work and an attempt to properly re-contextualize her story. That, in itself, is noble.

April 26, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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