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Critic Reviews for Empire Falls

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (2)

  • Cajoled through this landscape by a Thornton Wilder Our Town voice-over, we are too conscious of a series of well-bred calculations and well-done set pieces, as if Maine had been Merchant Ivory'd.

    January 19, 2018 | Full Review…
  • It's better on HBO where it can play over a couple of nights and you get a chance for the story. Because if you try to compress it into a hundred-minute movie, you'd lose all the rich textures at work here.

    May 24, 2005
  • [Richard] Russo adapts his own novel for the HBO mini-series, which is essentially a four-hour film spread over two parts, and the format gives him the room to let the story and its characters live and breathe.

    June 16, 2016 | Full Review…
  • It collapses.

    September 11, 2005 | Rating: C-

Audience Reviews for Empire Falls

  • Jul 24, 2010
    It is probably not that historical, but it is interesting to see this version of the current state of small-town Maine. The mill is empty and everyone has left. All there seems to be left is a diner, a pub and a church that needs painting. This movie is chalk full of name actors, and revolves around the life of Miles Roby (Ed Harris). The actors do a great job, and the story is laid out well (although the movie is four hours long). If you like plain stories of how people interact and deal with the life's trials and tribulations, you will like this movie.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Jun 16, 2010
    By far, this is one of the best mini-series i've ever seen. It has a great cast, great story and a thematic quality to it. The idea to make the town more of a main character than any particular person is such an interesting way to go, it makes it feel like a Stephen King novel without any scary or supernatural elements to it. I feel like there was a complete story and non of the characters were not given a full treatment.
    Conner R Super Reviewer
  • Jul 31, 2008
    This film casted the leads solely based on star power. As such, the only non-phoned-in performances were from supporting players - Penn, Burton, Parsons, Farina - and young unknowns, Pucci as John Voss, and especially Danielle Panabaker as Tick. Terrible accents all around and what was with the lame <i>Our Town</i>-y narration?
    Alice S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 11, 2007
    A little too dramatic but okay.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer

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