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  • Summary: The story of gangster Victor Rosa's (Leguizamo) quest for the American Dream as he tries to escape his criminal past and free himself from the trapppings of easy money on the violent streets of the South Bronx. This is the first release Arenas Entertainment, the new Latino film label in partnership with Universal Pictures. (Arenas Entertainment) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 27
  2. Negative: 12 out of 27
  1. Leguizamo owns Empire, the first film to capture the live-wire crackle of his one-man stage shows -- He's front and center in nearly every scene, and he holds the screen with a simmering self-assurance.
  2. A gangster movie with the capacity to surprise. People do unexpected things and for reasons we wouldn't anticipate.
  3. Reviewed by: Chris Gore
    60
    Empire is an entertaining, colorful, action-filled crime story with an intimate heart.
  4. 40
    This tale has been told and retold; the races and rackets change, but the song remains the same.
  5. 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.
  6. 30
    Life in the Bronx is hard, all right. Getting through a movie shouldn't be harder.
  7. Doesn't deserve the energy it takes to describe how bad it is.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 1 out of 10

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