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Based on 33 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 11 )
  • 63
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Only near the end, when MacArthur and Hirohito meet in person, do we get fireworks. And that's thanks to Jones, who makes sure this old soldier will never die in our memory. As for this tepid movie, it just fades away. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    In the end, probably the best way to watch Emperor is to pretend that the Supreme Command of Allied Forces in Japan after World War II was Tommy Lee Jones. If you do that, the movie works surprisingly well. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Some of the film's most illuminating scenes involve Aya's uncle, General Kajima (Toshiyuki Nishida), who schools Fellers on the sense of duty that is ingrained in Japanese culture. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Director Peter Webber (“Girl With a Pearl Earring”) fills the film with conciliatory emotion and jarring vistas of post-atomic landscapes. Unfortunately, Emperor needs more good ol’-fashioned swagger. show more

  • 40

    So it seems like the next logical step in telling a story with a relationship to truth might be that if you're going to fudge things, at least make it entertaining. Please, pull an "Argo." show more

  • 75
    Chicago Sun-Times

    As is the case with most of the elements in Emperor, the cliches are relatively few and spaced apart, and the tearjerking and profound moments are authentic and well-earned. show more

  • 75
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    The real star of the film is the magnetic, forceful and charismatic Matthew Fox, who steals the entire film as easily as if he were pitching a softball. show more

  • 63
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    This true-ish story adds a romantic subplot to the prosecution of Japanese war criminals by American general Douglas MacArthur, but neither the love nor the war are completely baked. show more

  • 63
    Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service

    Tommy Lee Jones gives us a saltier version of MacArthur than the image-conscious general ever let on to. show more

  • 50
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    This one's likely to vex both history buffs and those who require some drama with their drama. show more

  • April 03, 2013 Joel M. Nomberg
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    So where is it in Gulf Shores ?????

  • March 25, 2013 onewhart
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    Not enough Tommy Jones as McAuthor.! Instead of his underling ! It was an average movie!

  • March 18, 2013 lgjhere1
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    Outstanding, they way movies should be made, not the crap foinsted on us today! Great story, actors, directing. Only flaw: Jones\' speech was unlike McAuthor\'s that had elongated vowels.

  • March 18, 2013 ik00000000141723
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    I was truly disappointed in the movie, as I thought it was about Emperor Palpatine. Thanks for misleading the masses!!!

  • March 16, 2013 semap7
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    My husband and I enjoyed the movie a lot and cannot understand why some critics would give only 2 stars !!!

  • March 13, 2013 Scott404
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    Boring, Tommy Lee Jones was barely in the movie. As far as sympathy for Japan,well just \"cry me a river\'.

  • March 08, 2013 Pete
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    I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. Jones is not only a great Actor but also the icing on the cake. Well cast, directed and emotionally moving.

  • March 08, 2013 mrobram1
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    Good movie, historically accurate about the politics of rebuilding post war Japan.

  • March 08, 2013 owlshark
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    Tommy Lee Jones is great as MacArthur. Visually, 1945 Tokyo is stunning.

  • March 08, 2013 rmooreplano
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    Sorry to disagree with the other review but I found this movie boring, tedious and disappointing. Take out the love story of Mac\'s aide and Tommy Lee is on screen for 10 minutes. For the money he is getting, I could act as well


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