Empire (2002)

Victor Rosa runs a successful "street pharmaceutical" business that peddles a high-in-demand heroin mix, which he has named "Empire". His beautiful fiancee, Carmen, a Baruch College student, befriends a classmate who has… More

Directed By:
Rated: R
Running Time:
Release Date: December 6, 2002
DVD Release Date: March 18, 2003
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Also Available On

Critic Score: 21% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: In terms of the gangster genre, Empire's story is yet another tired retread.

Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com

Reyes has obviously seen Goodfellas 50 or 60 times.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

This is the most predictable plot twist since The Greatest Story Ever Told. You really know this one is coming and it just ruins the whole movie.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A god awful violent fantasy that glorifies the lifestyle.

Full review…
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

Yes, we're walking those mean streets again. Good thing we're taking a few unanticipated turns.

Full review…
Desson Thomson
Washington Post

This movie ... doesn't deserve the energy it takes to describe how bad it is.

Full review…
Michael Dequina

Even if you haven't seen any of the tell-all television spots, every beat of this crime drama will look and sound familiar.

Full review…
Joe Leydon

A yawningly familiar melodrama about an enterprising hustler who's undone by his own ambitions.

Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

A retread of material already thoroughly plumbed by Martin Scorsese.

Full review…
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

You can take the homey out of the hood, but you can't take the hood out of the homey.

Full review…
More reviews for Empire

Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Bobby Hobbs
One of the best gangster movies I seen. I think it's John Leguizamo's best acting roles in any movie, personally - he said before he filmed this movie… More
Jeffrey Meyers
Familiar, yes. Cliched, yes. But the leads make it watchable, even mostly entertaining, with the bulk of that credit going to John Leguizamo.
Eduardo Tobias
I was really disappointed with this one. I really didn't like the writing. First off, the story was way to simple and uninteresting. It had good potential… More
Chosen 718
Good film, great performance by John Leguizamo.
Brendan Nicholls
Tragic story but the message is pretty clear, crime does not pay

More Like This