Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Jun 2, 2011
    75
    Epic in sweep and scale and packs in enough incident to cover two "Godfather" movies.
  2. Reviewed by: Kevin Thomas
    Jun 2, 2011
    70
    Has enough going for it to make it likely worth the effort for fans of Asian cinema, but it does seem an opportunity missed.
  3. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jun 3, 2011
    60
    The most interesting threads aren't political but personal, with a melodramatic romance providing some well-earned tears. Your final thoughts, however, are likely to concern Jennifer Tilly, who's so bizarrely miscast as a severe missionary that her presence becomes its own distraction.
  4. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Jun 2, 2011
    60
    This weirdly engaging tale of banking and bad behavior makes 19th-century China look uncomfortably like 21st-century America.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Jun 9, 2011
    50
    The movie is occasionally muddled and always melodramatic, yet it's pictorially compelling, thanks to dramatic locations and exacting art direction.
  6. Reviewed by: Pam Grady
    Jun 6, 2011
    50
    An historical drama so swamped by its soap opera crescendos, no resonant story can survive the wet.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Jun 1, 2011
    50
    It's decent, exoticized pulp with a porcelain veneer, and should be consumed idly.
  8. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    May 30, 2011
    38
    From overwrought flashbacks of Third Master and Madame Kang's initial meetings (and sexual encounter), to the present-day arguments and maneuverings of Lord Kang, Empire of Silver is so determined to stage its material with reverence that it embalms any flickers of passion or tension.
User Score
5.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jun 25, 2011
    10
    Empire of Silver is one of the best films I've ever seen. The gigantic scene of places, houses, and antique
    ancient world of China just 100
    plus years ago moved me to tears.

    The promotion of two word adage in business from the movie is "kind and righteous" which should be
    displayed in the USA in a prominent place on all Websites. This is a great movie. It is a 10.

    I would urge every one of you to watch this movie asap. It is showing in the USA cities.
    Hurry! Go figure! Go Watch!
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