Empire

2002

Empire

Critics Consensus

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

21%

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Reviews Counted: 100

62%
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Reviews Count: 0
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Rotten: 0

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62%
Average Rating: 3.3/5

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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.

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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

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½

Tragic story but the message is pretty clear, crime does not pay

Brendan Nicholls
Brendan Nicholls

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

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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
Bobby Hobbs

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