Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. Few Hollywood action pictures are half as exciting or ravishing.
  2. Everything about its scale is epic.
  3. 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.
  4. A stirring, thought-provoking feat of filmmaking, accomplished in every facet.
  5. A stunner -- as big and messy as a war, as small and perfect as a diamond.
  6. This is a powerful story and a splendid spectacle.
  7. Has a mixture of strengths and limitations often found in historical epics: lots of eye-filling action and spectacle, little in the way of psychology or human interest.
  8. Based on the true story of the first emperor of unified China, could be downsized and told as an American Western.
  9. It's a more intelligent and dimensional epic than, say, "Anna and the King." Emperor is worth every single penny.
  10. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    As savage and as epic as film gets.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. PatC.
    Jan 29, 2007
    Long & sometimes hard to follow, but worthwhile.