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Empire Records Reviews

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Jason Bailey
May 28, 2016
It's high on charm and low on quality; the writing is pedestrian at best, the characters are paper-thin, and director Allan Moyle lets the music do the heavy lifting.

TV Guide
August 11, 2008
Insubstantial, predictable and often dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ken Eisner
August 11, 2008
A soundtrack in search of a movie, Empire Records is one teen-music effort that never finds a groove.
Clint Morris
April 19, 2008
One of the hippest and most enjoyable movies of the 90s. This ROCKS!
| Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Levy
Rolling Stone
August 14, 2007
Lovably sloppy.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Overall, fatally ersatz but good natured at heart.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
July 16, 2003
...things just move quickly from one person's conflicts to another, with little momentum or feeling of satisfaction.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
June 22, 2003
Leaves you with the sensation of having chewed a piece of bubblegum until well after its flavour ran dry.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Dragan Antulov
April 3, 2003
[Leaves the] impression of artificiality.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/10
Brian Mckay
March 20, 2003
The Empire Strikes Out . . . lame Gen-X "comedy" that falls completely flat . . . Go rent CLERKS
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
Empire Records is little more than a poor man's Clerks, but an entertaining one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
If the movie is a lost cause, it may at least showcase actors who have better things ahead of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Eric Vanstrom
January 1, 2000
It has a good soundtrack, lots of free-for-all dance scenes, and derision toward aging singers and capitalists. And you just can't get enough of that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Emanuel Levy
July 14, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Michael Dequina
August 7, 2004
| Original Score: 1/5
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
January 8, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
June 8, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
January 30, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Josh Ralske
All Movie Guide
January 12, 2003
| Original Score: 1/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 25, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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