Empire of the Sun Reviews

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February 27, 2020
The case for war as a glorious adventure for a child has never been made more vividly than in Steven Spielberg's powerful new epic.
January 28, 2020
What is most remarkable about Empire of the Sun then, is the almost seamless fashion in which a faithful adaptation... has nevertheless contrived to become a proto-Spielbergian affirmation of faith and optimism in the universe.
December 31, 2019
Empire of the Sun is a great, overwrought movie that leaves one wordless and worn out.
April 9, 2019
Christian Bale gives a most remarkable performance as Jim.
December 18, 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.
April 7, 2013
The best mix in his directorial career between typical Spielbergian flourishes of audience-friendly spectacle and seriousness of intent.
April 5, 2012
Arguably Spielberg's strangest object.
January 2, 2011
Beautiful, but lacking WWII saga about a boy.
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.
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.
March 1, 2008
October 13, 2007
Christian Bale's debut is a doozy.
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.
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.
September 29, 2006
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