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Based on 25 Reviews
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  • 75
    Bob Graham San Francisco Chronicle

    The look of the film is first class, with muted colors but deep textures, the opposite of historical kitsch. show more

  • 38
    Staff [Not Credited] USA Today

    A quagmire that reportedly has undergone multiple edits to reach its current incomprehensible state. show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    A gorgeous, gory epic, is a blow-your-mind masterpiece about the emperor who ruled more than 2,000 years ago. show more

  • 88
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Based on the true story of the first emperor of unified China, could be downsized and told as an American Western. show more

  • 47
    Michael Atkinson Mr. Showbiz

    Strains our patience with overacting and photography so sumptuous you can't help but ponder why so much bloodshed and mayhem is being so expertly prettified. show more

  • 100
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Few Hollywood action pictures are half as exciting or ravishing. show more

  • 88
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Has a mixture of strengths and limitations often found in historical epics: lots of eye-filling action and spectacle, little in the way of psychology or human interest. show more

  • 88
    G. Allen Johnson San Francisco Examiner

    It's a more intelligent and dimensional epic than, say, "Anna and the King." Emperor is worth every single penny. show more

  • 88
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    As savage and as epic as film gets. show more

  • 63
    Jonathan Foreman New York Post

    Meanders along in a confused, confusing way for what feels like hours. show more

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