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  • 50
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Although he misses reaching to the heart of Jim's spirit and his relationship to other people, Spielberg has clearly taken an impressive step forward in shaping his new and adult vision for the screen. [11 Dec 1987] show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    A faithful, technically brilliant, but also dramatically malnourished film of J.G. Ballard's popular World War II novel. [08 Dec 1987] show more

  • 80
    Julie Salamon Wall Street Journal

    With an edgy, intelligent script by playwright Tom Stoppard, Mr. Spielberg has made an extraordinary film out of Mr. Ballard's extraordinary war experience. [09 Dec 1987] show more

  • 88
    TV Guide

    As Jim, Bale delivers a stunning performance; he appears in virtually every frame and truly seems to grow over the course of the film from a coddled rich child to a calculating, almost feral creature who will ally himself with whoever wields the most power in a given situation. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Empire of the Sun remains a solidly engaging story of heroism in the face of adversity, as filtered through the eyes of a boy obsessed with planes and flight. show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Empire of the Sun adds up to a promising idea, a carefully observed production and some interesting performances. show more

  • 63
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    Empire of the Sun is an imperfect film, but at its best it's grand and haunting in ways that only a movie can be. [11 Dec 1987] show more

  • 50
    Dave Kehr Chicago Tribune

    The film is sober, serious-minded and paced like a funeral march. [11 Dec 1987] show more

  • 50
    Stephen Cole The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Although Tom Stoppard's script lifts Ballard's spare dialogue directly from the page, the context in which it is placed is kitsch. [11 Dec 1987] show more

  • 80
    Empire

    Spielberg's technical ability is very clear, with much to appreciate on close examination. show more

  • January 19, 2014 op81462
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    My favorite movie of all time. Bale\'s performance is the best performance of any child actor ever on screen. Movie is truly a masterpiece.

  • December 08, 2012 wvp29
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    My wife and I were teaching at Shanghai Interntional University in China. in 1990. I showed it to my students in a film course. All the comments about it to me were extremly favorable. I was able to visit many of the locales in the movie. Truly a work of art! Prof. Walter V. Powell

  • June 17, 2012 JIMMY
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    THIS KID SHOULD HAVE WON AND OSCAR FOR HIS ROLE IN THIS MOVIE HE WAS GREAT I WATCH THIS MOVIE AS OFTEN AS I CAN WHATS WRONG WITH THE PEOPLE WHO DO NOT SEE THIS AS A GREAT MOVIE IS IT BECAUSE IT SHOWS HOW BAD THE JAPS TREATED THESE PEOPLE ??

  • August 12, 2011 Robert
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    For me, one of the best films ever made.

  • May 25, 2011 John
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    a classic. among the best films ever

  • July 16, 2008 Aunt Quip
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    This is one of the finest movies produced. It should be viewed by all of the spoiled children who think they have someting to whine about. Christian Bale is spectacular. It is a story that is timeless as far as the theme even though it is set in another time. I like to watch it at least once a year.

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