Empire: Season 1 Episode 9 - TV Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Empire: Season 1 Episode 9 Reviews

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Jackson McHenry
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
March 5, 2015

As much fun as it is to watch Empire pull out all the stops (and then throw in a few songs for good measure), the show runs the risk of going too quickly.

Craig D. Lindsey
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic
March 5, 2015

For all its tonal seesawing, Empire once again showed, like it did in "False Imposition," that it works best when the family bands together for the greater good.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Whitney Evans
TV Fanatic
March 5, 2015

This was another week heavy on the emotions and it's really setting us up nicely for the final two episodes.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Ham
Paste Magazine
March 5, 2015

The feeling that Empire has done a great job of driving home from the start, though, is that particularly complicated sensation that allows us to still receive so much joy from a piece of art, even when we know of the awful deeds done by the artists.

Full Review | Original Score: 8.7/10
Rightor Doyle
Observer
Top Critic
March 5, 2015

I blame the show's insatiable need for drama at the cost of any investment in its people. I think Empire is better than this.

Tre'vell Anderson
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
March 5, 2015

Mental illness is real, and Andre's continual downward spiral is probably one of the hardest things I've ever watched on television. But the necessity of this image - much like Jamal's sexuality - within the context of a black family can't be overlooked.

Joshua Alston
AV Club
Top Critic
March 5, 2015

"Unto The Breach" demonstrates how Empire's furious, relentless pace is its biggest strength and its greatest weakness.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
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