Metacritic Movie Ratings
Emperor Reviews

3.0

48

out of 100

Metascore®
Mixed or average reviews
Based on a weighted average of all critic review scores.

A sample of reviews from critics across the country.

  • 75

    out of 100

    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

    out of 100

    Entertainment WeeklyOwen 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

    out of 100

    USA TodayClaudia 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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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago TribuneMichael Phillips

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

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