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8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 48 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 48
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 48
  3. Negative: 1 out of 48

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  1. Aug 31, 2010
    9
    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.
Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. The pseudomystical vagueness that seems to be Spielberg's stock-in-trade stifles most of the particularity of the source.
  2. 63
    Empire of the Sun adds up to a promising idea, a carefully observed production and some interesting performances.
  3. Reviewed by: Darren Bignell
    80
    Spielberg's technical ability is very clear, with much to appreciate on close examination.