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Entertainment Weekly

By Bruce Fretts
Leguizamo owns Empire, the first film to capture the live-wire crackle of his one-man stage shows -- He's front and center in nearly every...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A gangster movie with the capacity to surprise. People do unexpected things and for reasons we wouldn't anticipate.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Empire, with its double-barreled shoot-outs, its predictable carnage and conflict, and a rush-job of a resolution, is ultimately just one...
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Comes so close to working that you can see there from here. It has the right approach and the right opening premise, but it lacks the zest...
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50

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Panders to its audience by glorifying drug dealing and violence in all-too-depressingly familiar ways.
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Rossellini doesn't do much more than show up and be a hundred kinds of ravishing. Yet there's a movie in her ageless face and that untamed...
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Stereotypical, banally written bloodbath.
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50

Chicago Tribune

By Robert K. Elder
While Reyes seeks his own ambitious style, he can't quite step out from under De Palma's shadow and thematic choices. Everything from the...
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38

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
This is clearly the Worst Performance by an Actress in a Death Scene since Sofia Coppola took a bullet for her dad in "The Godfather: Part...
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38

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Empire is just too intent on living up to its imperial name -- colonizing other defenceless movies, plundering their rich natural...
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