Empire of the Sun - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Empire of the Sun Reviews

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
May 17, 2009
Spielberg has dreamed of flying before, and this time he earns his wings.
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Variety Staff
Variety
June 2, 2008
No special use is made of the talents of Miranda Richardson, Nigel Havers, Joe Pantoliano and the others, so it is up to young English thesp Bale to engage the viewer's interest, which he does superbly.
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
Spielberg includes a strand of populist heroism, yet even this fails to dent the awful message. And the budget makes itself seen, as does Bale's superlative Jim.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
There are many glorious moments here.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Spielberg seems unable to come to terms with anything real.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The movie is always interesting from a narrative point of view. Spielberg is a good storyteller with a good tale to tell. But it never really adds up to anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Spielberg is a virtuoso performer, and virtuosity can't be dismissed. But what Empire of the Sun proves is that it can have its limitations.