Empire of the Sun Reviews

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December 18, 2018
John Williams' resonant and triumphant score superbly augments this simple and complex narrative
October 26, 2016
The pseudomystical vagueness that seems to be Spielberg's stock-in-trade stifles most of the particularity of the source.
October 26, 2016
The film's grave problem is a lack of central heating: We don't have a single character to warm up to.
October 26, 2016
This is derivative melodrama with Spielberg hedging his bets by ripping off his previous adventure films to lighten a story that cries out not to be turned into a comic book.
October 26, 2016
Empire of the Sun wants very badly to be a great film, though as Steven Spielberg really ought to know by now, wishing doesn't make it so.
May 17, 2009
Spielberg has dreamed of flying before, and this time he earns his wings.
April 9, 2019
Christian Bale gives a most remarkable performance as Jim.
October 26, 2016
[Empire of the Sun] has too much childish buoyancy to serve the disturbing historical events it's ostensibly based on.
October 26, 2016
Now considered a trial run for the more moving, horrifying and involving Schindler's List, Steven Spielberg's drama, set in China during the Second World War, is a glossy and rather tame affair.
October 26, 2016
The sun sets on this Empire without convincing us that either Jim or Spielberg has come any closer to growing up.
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