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Empire (2002)



Critic Consensus: In terms of the gangster genre, Empire's story is yet another tired retread.

Movie Info

Victor Rosa runs a successful "street pharmaceutical" business that peddles a high-in-demand heroin mix, which he has named "Empire". His beautiful fiancee, Carmen, a Baruch College student, befriends a classmate who has an investment-banker boyfriend named Jack Wimmer. Victor meets Jack, and they instantly connect. Both are hard-core businessmen from two different sides of the legal fence. When Jack offers Victor a piece of the action on the stock market, Victor finally sees that this could be his ticket out of the violent streets of the South Bronx--and so, he jumps at the opportunity. But there is a bigger price to be paid than clean money for his gorgeous new Soho lifestyle. For the first time, Victor is confronted with a price tag that he will find very difficult to pay.more
Rating: R (for strong violence, pervasive language, drug content and some sexuality)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By: ,
Written By: Franc Reyes, Frank Reyes, Franc. Reyes
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 18, 2003
Box Office: $17.5M
Universal Pictures - Official Site


John Leguizamo
as Victor Rosa
Isabella Rossellini
as La Colombiana
Fat Joe
as Tito
Rob B. Campbell
as Detective O'Brien
Granville Adams
as Detective Jones
Sam Coppola
as Bobby Gold
Andre De Leon
as Teenager
Monica Steuer
as Receptionist
Giovanna Gomez
as Bartender
Edward Rosado
as Lil' Vic
Tom York
as Taylor
Dashia Lopez
as Waitress
Tim Gallin
as Doorman
Elliot Santiago
as Tito's Boy No. 1
Tony Rhune
as Tito's Boy No. 2
Derrick Simmons
as Tito's Boy No. 3
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Critic Reviews for Empire

All Critics (111) | Top Critics (33)

Reyes has obviously seen Goodfellas 50 or 60 times.

January 2, 2003
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Top Critic

Yes, we're walking those mean streets again. Good thing we're taking a few unanticipated turns.

Full Review… | December 23, 2002
Toronto Star
Top Critic

A yawningly familiar melodrama about an enterprising hustler who's undone by his own ambitions.

Full Review… | December 10, 2002
Top Critic

A god awful violent fantasy that glorifies the lifestyle.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Even if you haven't seen any of the tell-all television spots, every beat of this crime drama will look and sound familiar.

Full Review… | January 31, 2009

You can take the homey out of the hood, but you can't take the hood out of the homey.

Full Review… | February 16, 2004

Audience Reviews for Empire

One of the best gangster movies I seen. I think it's John Leguizamo's best acting roles in any movie, personally - he said before he filmed this movie he actually hung out with drug dealers, to get his part down. It shows! This movie is great.

Bobby Hobbs

Super Reviewer

I was really disappointed with this one. I really didn't like the writing. First off, the story was way to simple and uninteresting. It had good potential but just didn't deliver. The conclusion was a little to weak. The acting was okay. Mostly only by the main actors and not the supporting cast. But I have seen worse. The directing was okay. Although I did not like the the way the shooting scenes where directed. The production values where okay as well. Nothing special and overall this film is not that great.

Eduardo Tobias
Eduardo Tobias

Super Reviewer

Familiar, yes. Cliched, yes. But the leads make it watchable, even mostly entertaining, with the bulk of that credit going to John Leguizamo.

Jeffrey Meyers
Jeffrey Meyers

Super Reviewer

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