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

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: March 8, 2013
DVD Release Date: August 13, 2013
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Critic Score: 33% 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.

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Peter Debruge

Half crinoline romance, half crusty military-history lesson.

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Josh Terry
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Emperor isn't a slow film, but it takes its time, focusing more on the nuance of the investigation and the deconstruction of its social message instead of pushing for high drama.

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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.

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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.

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Larushka Ivan-Zadeh
Metro (UK)

The history is sketchy, the central questions unresolved, the romance is tepid and [Matthew] Fox is a weak, uninteresting lead.

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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.

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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.

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Mark Jackson
Epoch Times

Imagine if POTUS was considered by U.S. citizenry to be a living god. Japanese emperors were. Does one then hang a living god as a war criminal? A riveting period portrayal.

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Flixster Audience Score: 45% 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