• Released
  • March 8, 2013
  • (Limited)
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 46 min
  • Drama
  • 178 Fan Ratings
75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
In the end, probably the best way to watch Emperor is to pretend that the Supreme Command of Allied Forces in Japan after World War II was Tommy Lee Jones. If you do that, the movie works surprisingly well.
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75

New York Observer

By Rex Reed
The real star of the film is the magnetic, forceful and charismatic Matthew Fox, who steals the entire film as easily as if he were pitching a softball.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

As is the case with most of the elements in Emperor, the cliches are relatively few and spaced apart, and the tearjerking and profound moments are authentic and well-earned.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Emperor explores the delicate postwar dance of revenge, justice, and realpolitik, yet its focus on the issue of Hirohito's guilt or innocence (did he order the attack on Pearl Harbor? Or did he, in fact, oppose the Japanese military machine?)
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63

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
This true-ish story adds a romantic subplot to the prosecution of Japanese war criminals by American general Douglas MacArthur, but neither the love nor the war are completely baked.
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63

Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
Tommy Lee Jones gives us a saltier version of MacArthur than the image-conscious general ever let on to.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Some of the film's most illuminating scenes involve Aya's uncle, General Kajima (Toshiyuki Nishida), who schools Fellers on the sense of duty that is ingrained in Japanese culture.
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63

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Only near the end, when MacArthur and Hirohito meet in person, do we get fireworks. And that's thanks to Jones, who makes sure this old soldier will never die in our memory. As for this tepid movie, it just fades away.
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50

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
This one's likely to vex both history buffs and those who require some drama with their drama.
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50

Boston Globe

By Mark Feeney
When MacArthur stands side by side with Hirohito (Takatarô Kataoka), it’s the ultimate in victor-vanquished encounters. That’s also true whenever Jones shares a scene with Fox.
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48 out of 100
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