Sony Pictures Classics | Release Date: December 17, 1999 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
75
METASCORE
Generally favorable reviews based on 25 Critics
Positive:
19
Mixed:
5
Negative:
1
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100
Few Hollywood action pictures are half as exciting or ravishing.
91
This multistoried historical plot is packed with almost three hours of nuances and hidden meanings, and the slippery smiles and sly innuendoes often seem lost in translation.
63
Meanders along in a confused, confusing way for what feels like hours.
63
A gorgeous, gory epic, is a blow-your-mind masterpiece about the emperor who ruled more than 2,000 years ago.
50
A bit hard on the posterior, it is definitely easy on the eyes.
47
Strains our patience with overacting and photography so sumptuous you can't help but ponder why so much bloodshed and mayhem is being so expertly prettified.
38
A quagmire that reportedly has undergone multiple edits to reach its current incomprehensible state.