Skip to main content


Based on 8 Reviews
critic reviews (8)
fan reviews ( )
  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Epic in sweep and scale and packs in enough incident to cover two "Godfather" movies. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    The most interesting threads aren't political but personal, with a melodramatic romance providing some well-earned tears. Your final thoughts, however, are likely to concern Jennifer Tilly, who's so bizarrely miscast as a severe missionary that her presence becomes its own distraction. show more

  • 50
    Washington Post

    The movie is occasionally muddled and always melodramatic, yet it's pictorially compelling, thanks to dramatic locations and exacting art direction. show more

  • 38
    Nick Schager Slant Magazine

    From overwrought flashbacks of Third Master and Madame Kang's initial meetings (and sexual encounter), to the present-day arguments and maneuverings of Lord Kang, Empire of Silver is so determined to stage its material with reverence that it embalms any flickers of passion or tension. show more

  • 50
    Pam Grady Boxoffice Magazine

    An historical drama so swamped by its soap opera crescendos, no resonant story can survive the wet. show more

  • 70
    Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times

    Has enough going for it to make it likely worth the effort for fans of Asian cinema, but it does seem an opportunity missed. show more

  • 60
    Jeannette Catsoulis The New York Times

    This weirdly engaging tale of banking and bad behavior makes 19th-century China look uncomfortably like 21st-century America. show more

  • 50
    Michael Atkinson Village Voice

    It's decent, exoticized pulp with a porcelain veneer, and should be consumed idly. show more

My Settings

You are currently subscribed as: {email}


Get the latest reviews, movie news, photos, and trailers sent straight to your inbox.

Weekly Newsletter

Daily alerts


You're not following any movies.

These are the movies you’re currently following.

    Update settings