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Empire of the Sun Reviews

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April 9, 2019
Christian Bale gives a most remarkable performance as Jim.
December 17, 2018
John Williams' resonant and triumphant score superbly augments this simple and complex narrative
August 23, 2016
Empire of the Sun is a breathtaking movie in its scope and energy. It's just that, true to its childlike quality, this film is just a little too over-anxious to get its point across.
August 21, 2014
Spielberg knows how to tell a story and this one is worth telling.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 7, 2013
The best mix in his directorial career between typical Spielbergian flourishes of audience-friendly spectacle and seriousness of intent.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
April 5, 2012
Arguably Spielberg's strangest object.
January 2, 2011
Beautiful, but lacking WWII saga about a boy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 17, 2009
Spielberg has dreamed of flying before, and this time he earns his wings.
May 17, 2009
Spielberg...displays a progressive and sophisticated awareness of issues of class and race that may be viewed as an apology for the casual imperialist and racist assumptions of his Indiana Jones series.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 17, 2009
Christian Bale, then 13, is a revelation as Jim, an obnoxious British colonial child being brought up in luxury in China.
June 2, 2008
No special use is made of the talents of Miranda Richardson, Nigel Havers, Joe Pantoliano and the others, so it is up to young English thesp Bale to engage the viewer's interest, which he does superbly.
March 2, 2008
One of Spielberg's best films, yet seldom shown.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
March 1, 2008
| Original Score: 3/5
October 13, 2007
Christian Bale's debut is a doozy.
| Original Score: 5/5
June 20, 2007
One of Spielberg's most underestimated films, this survival saga of a boy separated from his parents in WWII Shanghai is necessarily episodic, but it's beautifully rendered, offering early evidence of the good actor Christian Bale would become.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 11, 2006
Empire of the Sun is not as graphic as the hellish worlds of Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan, but Spielberg doesn't sugarcoat the horrors of war.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 29, 2006
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
March 22, 2006
A fine performance from Bale, but the film is definitely an acquired taste.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 26, 2006
Spielberg includes a strand of populist heroism, yet even this fails to dent the awful message. And the budget makes itself seen, as does Bale's superlative Jim.
May 19, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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