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½ August 20, 2017
Boy of a wealthy British family in China becomes separated from his parents after the Japanese invade during World War II and spends the duration of the war in an internment camp before being reunited with his parents afterwards. Good acting but only a decent picture.
May 27, 2017
A fantastic movie. one of the top 10 movies from the 80's. amazing story, great acting, and an emotional ending. Christian bales performance for his first movie was phenomenal, great actor.

this movie is AWESOMETACULAR
April 11, 2017
EooS is a carefully crafted visual rendition of the novel of the same name by J.G. Ballard. It is meticulously detailed in its reconstruction of period attire, facilities, and aircraft. Malkovich and Bale, and Havers turn in excellent performances. I am a bit surprised by the "professional" critics' reactions; if there is a complaint about character development or plot they might refer to the novel (which the FILM critics seem not to have read). On the other hand, Ballard's NOVEL, like the film, is substantially allegorical, and possibly beyond the comprehension of your average professional film critic; after all, professional critics are people who are so unimaginative and underinformed that they basically can't create anything on their own.
½ April 5, 2017
A great piece of inspiring and uplifting epic filmmaking. Spielberg doesn't subject us to the horrors of the camp, but that's useful in this case. He cements into a child's perspective. All that he can see is the silver lining with brief flashes of grief and tragedy. So, that's what Spielberg shows us.
½ February 5, 2017
Not exactly your typical Spielberg film, although it is showing quite a few of his trademarks, this story tells the pacific events of World War 2 from the perspective of a little British boy. Stunning to see what a man and actor has become of Christian Bale, who gave his debut here. While he does a great job, he tends to overact at times. That's no problem though, the direction, beautiful cinematography, enthralling story-telling and gorgeous John Williams soundtrack more than make up for it. A highly underrated war drama, that won't leave a viewer untouched.
½ December 5, 2016
Although it has Christian Bale acting in one of his best movies, the overall tone and feel to this WWII movie is not showing the war accurately.
November 20, 2016
I really liked this Steven Spielberg drama which I think was treated somewhat harshly by critics upon its initial release. The story takes place in Shanghai during WWII after the Japanese invasion and follows a young British boy as he tries to survive in an internment camp.. That youngster is played by Christian Bale who is excellent, you can see that even at 13yrs old he had tremendous talent and dive and carries the picture. Now, this film has some of Spielberg's typical flaws in that the story has his usual sheen and polish to it, somehow making even the terrible interment camp look beautiful and epic, but it didn't detract from the story for me. John Malkovich is great in a supporting role as well and a young Ben Stiller also pops-up.. Give it a try!
½ November 9, 2016
Saw in t heater when came out. Think i liked it. Cruel Japs invading China city. But too much kid. And couldn't enjoy cuz my irritable girlfriend hated all his annoying screaming and yelling.
"Steven Spielberg's acclaimed account of an English boy's life in a WWII internment camp in Japanese-occupied China.
Christian Bale, John Malkovich"
½ October 29, 2016
Didn't know who Christian Bale was when I first watched this as a teenager. What an amazing child actor he was!! Emma 10/10. Lucy 9/10. Charlotte 10/10.
October 5, 2016
Empire Of The Sun features a great debut for Christian Bale and is emotional at times, despite its slow pacing and somewhat boring story that are not typically in a Spielberg film.
August 30, 2016
A unique war film that showed what Spielberg could do with war long before Saving Private Ryan, Empire of the Sun is a masterpiece with great performances, a captivating (if long) story and impressive sequences.
August 28, 2016
The film suffers from awkward drama and some forgettable characters.
July 18, 2016
When you make as many movies as Spielberg, there are bound to be a few misfires. This is unfortunately one of them.
July 12, 2016
One of the best child performances ever
June 16, 2016
My favorite film of all. Spielberg's best movie!
Super Reviewer
June 1, 2016
Perhaps the best Spielberg film ever, this war drama has a large cast but focuses on mainly one character, a boy out of his familiars. Malkevich plays an
American, capitalism uncaged, for whom the war is primarily an opportunity for gain. Richardson is a British socialite, forced against her will to look at real life and none too happy about it. And Bale, the star, is a Brit of privilege too, but barely manages to make do. This piece had two things against it as I went in, Spielberg and Bale, but both rise above their comfort zones to deliver an exceptional story.
½ May 25, 2016
Christian Bale carrying a movie as a youngster, showing the confinements of what he shall become. The movie itself plays out on a rather interesting point of view of the WW2. From e foreign perspective in Shanghai, as China goes under Japanese controll, Bale and Malkovich among others are captured in a prisoncamp. Endurance is gold.
½ April 22, 2016
Young Christian Bale ???
½ April 16, 2016
Visually spectacular, Spielberg doesn't hold back in making something special. It's scope along with its fantastic designs and locations help to transport the viewer and experience this situation as Bale's character does.
Super Reviewer
April 14, 2016
Another film I have only just got aroundd to seeing. Superbly done by Steven Spielberg and with a great performance from Christian Bale, it's strange that this film is underrated.

A harrowing coming of age tale of life during World War 2 occupation and all the nightmares that entails. If you haven't seen it, I do recommend it.
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