Empire of Silver - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Empire of Silver Reviews

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Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
May 11, 2012
The complicated romance that punctuates the story adds spice (and a twist), but it's a film essentially about the banking family and their machinations at a time of rapid change in China
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
December 1, 2011
What, if anything, the film's final burst of idealism offers universally is hard to say. But it feels good to see in these acrimonious days.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
June 17, 2011
High production values, gorgeous sets and costumes, excellent lighting and cinematography, plus the spirited playing of Aaron Kwok as the Third Master.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 3, 2011
Though written too broadly to serve as the powerful allegorical tale writer/director Christina Yao intends, this historical epic is just compelling enough to be taken on its own terms.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
June 2, 2011
Makes for unwieldy melodrama, rather than the enthralling epic it might have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
June 2, 2011
[A] weirdly engaging tale of banking and bad behavior...
| Original Score: 3/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 2, 2011
Epic in sweep and scale and packs in enough incident to cover two "Godfather" movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
May 31, 2011
A dazzlingly visual film, one marked by a thoughtful approach to a tale of business and interpersonal intrigue.
Don Groves
May 24, 2012
Unwieldy Chinese melodrama shows money can't buy love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
June 3, 2011
Handsome Chinese costume actioner mixing power struggles, financial crises and romance a century ago may impress American audiences, but story overkill and subtleties of Chinese culture and history confound.
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Mark Jenkins
Washington Post
June 3, 2011
Occasionally muddled and always melodramatic, yet it's pictorially compelling, thanks to dramatic locations and exacting art direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brent Simon
June 2, 2011
A beautiful but stolid, screamingly boring period piece with acting so wooden as to invite unfavorable comparison to a collection of popsicle sticks.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic
June 2, 2011
Handsomely mounted and packed with interesting historical details, Empire of Silver unfortunately falls short on providing emotionally rich drama
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
May 31, 2011
It's decent, exoticized pulp with a porcelain veneer, and should be consumed idly.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
May 29, 2011
Stateliness begets inertia in Empire of Silver, a turn-of-the-century Chinese epic whose reserved tone and regal atmosphere is suffocating.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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