Critic Reviews

75

Metascore

Based on 25 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
90
A stunner -- as big and messy as a war, as small and perfect as a diamond.
88
New York Daily News
Based on the true story of the first emperor of unified China, could be downsized and told as an American Western.
88
Christian Science Monitor
Has a mixture of strengths and limitations often found in historical epics: lots of eye-filling action and spectacle, little in the way of psychology or human interest.
80
Dallas Observer
For those with a taste for epics that integrate the historical and the intimate.
70
Crammed with enough melodrama to fill several soap operas.
67
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Quite long and violent enough to have made several critics squirm in their seats during a recent press screening.
63
New York Post
Meanders along in a confused, confusing way for what feels like hours.
60
Village Voice
Solid middlebrow entertainment, a vast period epic with an almost DeMillean taste for excess.
58
Entertainment Weekly
A historical drama as static as it is stately.
50
Baltimore Sun
A bit hard on the posterior, it is definitely easy on the eyes.

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