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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Few Hollywood action pictures are half as exciting or ravishing.
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88

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
As savage and as epic as film gets.
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88

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Based on the true story of the first emperor of unified China, could be downsized and told as an American Western.
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88

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Has a mixture of strengths and limitations often found in historical epics: lots of eye-filling action and spectacle, little in the way of...
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88

San Francisco Examiner

By G. Allen Johnson
It's a more intelligent and dimensional epic than, say, "Anna and the King." Emperor is worth every single penny.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Bob Graham
The look of the film is first class, with muted colors but deep textures, the opposite of historical kitsch.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
A gorgeous, gory epic, is a blow-your-mind masterpiece about the emperor who ruled more than 2,000 years ago.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
A historical drama as static as it is stately.
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47

Mr. Showbiz

By Michael Atkinson
Strains our patience with overacting and photography so sumptuous you can't help but ponder why so much bloodshed and mayhem is being so...
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38

USA Today

By Staff [Not Credited]
A quagmire that reportedly has undergone multiple edits to reach its current incomprehensible state.
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Rated R | For violence, adult situations