Emperor
Emperor (2013)

Matthew Fox (WORLD WAR Z, I, ALEX CROSS, "Lost") joins with Academy Award (R) winner Tommy Lee Jones (LINCOLN, NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, THE FUGITIVE, HOPE SPRINGS), newcomer Eriko Hatsune and award-winning Japanese star Toshiyuki… More

Directed By:
Rated: PG-13
Running Time:
Release Date: August 13, 2013
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
31%
Flixster
User Score
46%



Critic Score: 31% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite a typically strong performance from Tommy Lee Jones, Emperor does little with its fascinating historical palate, and is instead bogged down in a cliched romantic subplot.

Trevor Johnston
Time Out

It's all done with care and authentic Japanese locations ... But there's scant drama.

Full review…
Peter Debruge
Variety

Half crinoline romance, half crusty military-history lesson.

Full review…
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

The little-known historical events provide a pointed exploration of a momentous collision of two cultures.

Full review…
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

A stodgy movie that mixes dubious history with a clichéd, Madame Butterfly romance story, set in the period immediately following Japan's surrender in 1945.

Full review…
Mike D'Angelo
AV Club

Offers a labored treatise on the Japanese national character, with endless speeches about honor, devotion, loyalty, and the people's reverence for their emperor as a human deity.

Full review…
Donald Clarke
Irish Times

Emperor will do well enough. But if you want a more nuanced take on the same events, check out Alexander Sokurov's extraordinary The Sun

Full review…
Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Emperor falls prey to the temptations endemic to historical docudrama: the desire to pack a miniseries' worth of events into one feature-length film, with romance tossed in for added appeal.

Full review…
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

Just a dull procedural, with the bland Matthew Fox driving around in a jeep and asking questions and not having them answered.

Full review…
Neil Smith
Total Film

Fun when Jones is around, dull when he's not, it's all just a little bit of history repeating.

Full review…
More reviews for Emperor

Flixster Audience Score: 46% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Emperor follows the events directly after the Second World War and the subsequent hunt and trials for war crimes during the war. The story is quite entertaining… More
Christian C
This should have been a much better film. Matthew Fox was a weak lead -- not expressive enough to deal with the role. The love story was ineffective almost to… More
Manu Gino
Japan 1945: General Douglas MacArthur was given a mission to decide the fate of a nation, the guilt of a leader, and the true price of peace. Good Movie but… More
Nate Zoebl
When you're tasked with retelling an interesting part of history, a story that few are familiar with, it's best to get out of the way. You don't… More
Chris Weber
Set in Occupied Japan in the immediate aftermath of World War II, this is the story of Brigadier General Bonner Fellers, who, at the urging of General Douglas… More
Dann Michalski
The World War II film Emperor is a dramatic political thriller. In the aftermath of Japan's surrender Supreme Commander Gen. MacArthur appoints Gen.… More