Empire Records

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30

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  • Summary: A comedy about an eventful day in the lives of the young slackers, doers and dreamers who work at a bustling record store. (Warner Bros.)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 7
  2. Negative: 3 out of 7
  1. 60
    For all its faults, the good-natured, quirky humour that this for the most part offers ultimately makes it very hard to dislike.
  2. Insubstantial, predictable and often dull, it's a dismaying move from director Allen Moyle, who displayed a real grasp of pulp energy in 1990's "Pump Up the Volume".
  3. 50
    The film exists for its shots of telegenic youngsters busting loose to a bankable soundtrack, and it's the cheesy dialogue, overstuffed plot, and predictable character arcs that come across as superfluous.
  4. 42
    The movie is too blatant a throwback to crass '80s teen fodder to really work.
  5. 38
    If the movie is a lost cause, it may at least showcase actors who have better things ahead of them.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Eisner
    20
    A soundtrack in search of a movie, Empire Records is one teen-music effort that never finds a groove.
  7. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: David Kronke
    0
    The sun can't set too soon on this "Empire." [23 Oct 1995, Pg.F9]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Oct 13, 2010
    10
    A great fun film that a first saw a few years ago, great script, great characters and even better soundtrack, one of my personal favourites. AA great fun film that a first saw a few years ago, great script, great characters and even better soundtrack, one of my personal favourites. A must for any 80s-90s music fans of all genres. Expand
  2. Babettev.
    Jan 14, 2007
    9
    Great fun!! One of my favourite movies!!
  3. BryanC
    Jul 5, 2009
    0
    A horrible film! mainly a weak attempt to cash in on the whole alt rock movement that was the rage at the time. Totally unrealistic plot.

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