The Last Emperor Synopsis
Named Emperor of China at age 3 in 1908, Pu Yi (John Lone) becomes a prisoner of destiny.
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This grand and powerful biography begins in 1908 when, at the age of three, Pu Yi was named emperor of China and follows him through a...
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100

Empire

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The small screen doesn't quite do justice to the rich visuals but with an incredible story and fine performances, it is still a compulsive...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It probably is unforgivably bourgeois to admire a film because of its locations, but in the case of The Last Emperor the narrative cannot...
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100

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Emperor is like Full Metal Jacket - uneven, fuzzy, imperfect, and one of the reasons the movies were invented. [20 Nov 1987, p.1D]
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90

Time

By Richard Schickel
Very simply, Bertolucci has found an elegance of design and execution that few of his contemporaries could even dream of. [23 Nov 1987]
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88

Boston Globe

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The most startling achievement of The Last Emperor is that it accomplishes what seems to have eluded Bertolucci for some time. He has found...
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Julie Salamon
The movie's considerable emotional force springs from the splendor of its visual poetry. Mr. Bertolucci allows the sweep of 60 years of...
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Dave Kehr
A hesitant, conservative approach that yields great elegance and a rhythm that carries the viewer along. Yet the film is haunted by a sense...
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67

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
Stunning opulence dazzles the eye.
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jay Scott
The reign of the last emperor, a reign in name alone, was an exercise in style over substance; it is perhaps fitting that his cinematic...
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The Last Emperor

By jwelch5742
This was great film. It got great Art Direction, Cinematography, Film Editing, Costume Design, Sound Mixing, Directing, producer, Screenplay and wonderful Original Score....

THE LAST EMPEROR ~ the Last Truly Magnificent Epic!

By lugubriousthespian
Having just viewed Bernardo Bertolucci's re-issued, remastered edition of his Oscar-winning as well as worthy 1987 film THE LAST EMPEROR again, I was reminded how staggeringly awe-inspiring truly...

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Rated PG-13
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 15+ Beautiful Chinese biography is too long, mature for tweens.
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