Warner Bros. Pictures | Release Date: December 9, 1987
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Universal acclaim based on 74 Ratings
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DvijenP.Jun 10, 2008
I don't know what the stupid critics were talking about, that movie was awesome, another one of Speilburg's great works.
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SpangleJul 11, 2016
Lush and beautiful, Empire of the Sun is a very good coming of age film and tale on the loss of innocence during war times. With a fantastic performance from a young Christian Bale, the film also sports phenomenal cinematography and strongLush and beautiful, Empire of the Sun is a very good coming of age film and tale on the loss of innocence during war times. With a fantastic performance from a young Christian Bale, the film also sports phenomenal cinematography and strong writing that really make for a solid film. That said, the film is held back from being truly great by a few things. As the film is told from Bale's perspective and he is a child, obviously things can become unclear. In terms of a film, this can be a bit annoying as you feel as though you never really receive the film picture or scope of the proceedings. Additionally, the film can be quite slow. I have no problem with slow films, but there were a few times of this 150 minute runtime that the film did drag. This happens enough to hamper the film a bit. Fortunately though, Empire of the Sun is lovingly crafted and a thoroughly well made war film. Even if it does slack at times, it still more than accomplishes its goal and is a really moving look at WWII and is particularly compassionate towards the Japanese, which is a nice touch. Expand
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BillM.Jan 10, 2009
An awesome movie with a truly mesmirizing performance by Christian Bale.
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EricRApr 23, 2008
This movie has haunted me for years as a solemn, heart-rending experience. Jim's reaction to the appearance of the P-51s and his final reunion are unforgettable. I can't think of anything NOT to like about this movie.
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KarenS.Jun 27, 2008
This movie is one of my all-time favorites. It is, indeed, "haunting: as the above person mentioned. Christian Bale's performance is amazing, especially given that he was just a child at the time. There is such depth to his This movie is one of my all-time favorites. It is, indeed, "haunting: as the above person mentioned. Christian Bale's performance is amazing, especially given that he was just a child at the time. There is such depth to his character-what he says and doesn't say throughout the movie. I highly recommend this film. Expand
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PaulL.Aug 20, 2008
Love this movie and a best world war 2 film ever yet. Don't know how critic respond to the film.
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MarinaMNov 15, 2009
Gorgeous and touching. Definitely one of my all time favorite movies.
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KyleG.Aug 15, 2007
I really enjoyed this movie and i think it's great.
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IznatiCriticAug 31, 2010
A beautifully woven tale with historical significance. Steven at his very best in my opinion. War viewed from the sidelines during simpler times but no less brutal.
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