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  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    A gangster movie with the capacity to surprise. People do unexpected things and for reasons we wouldn't anticipate. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Stereotypical, banally written bloodbath. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Empire, with its double-barreled shoot-outs, its predictable carnage and conflict, and a rush-job of a resolution, is ultimately just one more urban gangland genre flick. show more

  • 38
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    This is clearly the Worst Performance by an Actress in a Death Scene since Sofia Coppola took a bullet for her dad in "The Godfather: Part III." show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Comes so close to working that you can see there from here. It has the right approach and the right opening premise, but it lacks the zest and it goes for a plot twist instead of trusting the material. show more

  • 50
    Robert K. Elder Chicago Tribune

    While Reyes seeks his own ambitious style, he can't quite step out from under De Palma's shadow and thematic choices. Everything from the voiceover narration to the final frame in Empire looks and feels like a low-budget hybrid of "Scarface" or "Carlito's Way." show more

  • 50
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Panders to its audience by glorifying drug dealing and violence in all-too-depressingly familiar ways. show more

  • 50
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    Rossellini doesn't do much more than show up and be a hundred kinds of ravishing. Yet there's a movie in her ageless face and that untamed bouffant. show more

  • 38
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Empire is just too intent on living up to its imperial name -- colonizing other defenceless movies, plundering their rich natural resources, and leaving us all to feel rather cruelly violated. A postscript: Somebody here -- I'm not saying who -- dies. And still keeps on talking. show more

  • 38
    Chris Kaltenbach Baltimore Sun

    I know Empire is supposed to be a movie, but for a while, I thought I was listening to one of those talking books. show more

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