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The poet Emily Dickinson's persona, popularized since her death, has been that of a reclusive spinster - a delicate wallflower, too sensitive for this world. In this humorous drama, Molly Shannon captures the vivacious, irreverent side of Emily Dickinson that was covered up for years - most notably Emily's lifelong romantic relationship with another woman (Susan Ziegler). After Emily's death, a rivalry emerges when her brother's mistress (Amy Seimetz) along with editor T.W. Higginson (Brett Gelman) published a book of Emily's poems. Unique and surreal, WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY sheds new light on the life one of our most celebrated poets.


  • Molly Shannon
  • Amy Seimetz
  • Susan Ziegler
  • Brett Gelman
  • Jackie Monahan
  • Kevin Seal
  • Dana Melanie
  • Joel Michaely
  • Sasha Frolova
  • Lisa Haas

Atom User Reviews



Apr 17, 2019

Beneath the japery and rough-edged filmmaking is an abiding love for the work — its passion and resilience — and respect for the women whose hidden lifelong language that work may have been.

Metacritic review by Ty Burr
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
Apr 12, 2019

This is a great example of Olnek's style. 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.

Metacritic review by Sheila O'Malley
Sheila O'Malley
Mar 16, 2018

However well or poorly it matches the truth of Emily's life, the film's vision of her long relationship with Susan is warmly funny.

Metacritic review by John DeFore
John DeFore
The Hollywood Reporter