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Mixed or average reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 19
  2. Negative: 5 out of 19

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  1. Mar 11, 2013
    Good perforances but not much else can be sad about The Emperor.
  2. Sep 6, 2015
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. An interesting dramatic take on the people and affairs of the time. Roughly a third of the movie is dedicated to a romance that becomes central to the character. It seems to me entirely invented but it only detracts from the movie if one is looking for a documentary. The epilogue seemingly implies that Fellers is demoted related to his report or actions in the film. In reality this was not the case, many generals were reverted to colonel at the end of the war and Fellers was reinstated to the retired rank of brigadier general in 1948. Also the film mentions he was awarded the " Second Order of the Sacred Treasure" but strangely does not explicitly state that this was an honor awarded by Emperor Hirohito. Which I think makes it all the more unique and meaningful. Expand

Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 33
  2. Negative: 3 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Mark Kermode
    Oct 7, 2013
    Thank heaven for Jones's reliable grouchiness, his bloodhound eyes, high-belted paunch, and deader-than-deadpan drawl offering welcome relief from the historical schmaltz.
  2. Reviewed by: Neil Smith
    Oct 7, 2013
    Fun when Jones is around, dull when he's not, it's all just a little bit of history repeating.
  3. Reviewed by: Trevor Johnston
    Oct 1, 2013
    It’s all done with care and authentic Japanese locations, and is engrossing for anyone with an interest in the subject. But there’s scant drama as proceedings plod their way towards mutual understanding.