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60
Empire
For all its faults, the good-natured, quirky humour that this for the most part offers ultimately makes it very hard to dislike.
50
The A.V. Club
The film exists for its shots of telegenic youngsters busting loose to a bankable soundtrack, and it's the cheesy dialogue, overstuffed plot, and predictable character arcs that come across as superfluous.
50
Insubstantial, predictable and often dull, it's a dismaying move from director Allen Moyle, who displayed a real grasp of pulp energy in 1990's "Pump Up the Volume".
42
Entertainment Weekly
The movie is too blatant a throwback to crass '80s teen fodder to really work.
38
If the movie is a lost cause, it may at least showcase actors who have better things ahead of them.
20
Variety
A soundtrack in search of a movie, Empire Records is one teen-music effort that never finds a groove.
0
Los Angeles Times
The sun can't set too soon on this "Empire." [23 Oct 1995, Pg.F9]

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