Empire Falls
Empire Falls (2005)

This two-part HBO miniseries is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Richard Russo. Having long since sacrificed youthful ideals and values to remain in his New England hometown for the sake of his family, middle-aged Miles Roby (Ed… More

Directed By:
Rated: PG-13
Running Time:
Release Date: May 28, 2005
DVD Release Date: September 13, 2005
Add Your Rating
User Score

Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
John Leonard
New York Magazine/Vulture

Cajoled through this landscape by a Thornton Wilder Our Town voice-over, we are too conscious of a series of well-bred calculations and well-done set pieces, as if Maine had been Merchant Ivory'd.

Full review…
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

It collapses.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

It's better on HBO where it can play over a couple of nights and you get a chance for the story. Because if you try to compress it into a hundred-minute movie, you'd lose all the rich textures at work here.

Sean Axmaker

[Richard] Russo adapts his own novel for the HBO mini-series, which is essentially a four-hour film spread over two parts, and the format gives him the room to let the story and its characters live and breathe.

Full review…
More reviews for Empire Falls

Flixster User Reviews
Red Lats
It is probably not that historical, but it is interesting to see this version of the current state of small-town Maine. The mill is empty and everyone has… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Empire Falls" starts with Miles Roby(Ed Harris), the manager of the Empire Grill in economically depressed Empire Falls,… More
Conner Rainwater
By far, this is one of the best mini-series i've ever seen. It has a great cast, great story and a thematic quality to it. The idea to make the town more… More
Sunil Jawahir
A little too dramatic but okay.
Alice Shen
This film casted the leads solely based on star power. As such, the only non-phoned-in performances were from supporting players - Penn, Burton, Parsons,… More