Public Enemies Reviews

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Ray Pride
Newcity
June 14, 2015
The reflection of pink neon off the crimson silk of a lawman's tie as he stands in wait under the Biograph marquee; a patch of sodium-vapor orange city sky above a bridge as magnetic and floating as a square in a Rothko canvas...
Andrew Sarris
Film Comment Magazine
September 24, 2014
The desperate times in which we suddenly find ourselves ... make Public Enemies seem especially timely.
Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 22, 2013
A quiet, thoughful, almost dreamy meditation on violence, on work, on love and on death. It's The Insider with tommy guns.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Ali Gray
TheShiznit.co.uk
September 29, 2012
It's looking more and more like Michael Mann will never be able to recapture that Heat hotness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Neil Pond
American Profile
September 29, 2011
Adheres to the historical facts of Dillinger's well-documented tapestry of brazen daylight heists, gritty shootouts and improbable jailbreaks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 26, 2011
Burrows deeply into the depths of the Great Depression.
Mike Edwards
What Culture
March 1, 2011
Once Mann is done establishing his characters the film begins to get down to the most interesting element he brings to the project: the saddening decline of a giant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Don Groves
sbs.com.au
December 29, 2010
Lawmen and outlaws collide in Mann's stylish, brutal drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 2010
Public Enemies is a thoroughly detailed and engaging crime epic, which traces the criminal exploits and pursuit of infamous gangster, John Dillinger.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
April 15, 2010
Public Enemies is an enjoyable experience but it feels like it could have been a whole lot more and another gangster classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
William Goss
Orlando Weekly
December 17, 2009
A lesson in how watching a man in front of the camera hit his mark can make one wish the man behind the camera had such true aim.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
November 5, 2009
Not to say this is not a well-crafted movie with excellent performances. It is. It is also curiously one-sided and shallow like many movies about famous outlaws tend to be.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
August 30, 2009
Michael Mann, director of Public Enemies has capped an extremely impressive decade of work with a movie that approaches greatness but just misses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 25, 2009
An experimental film masked as a studio blockbuster
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
August 19, 2009
The popular reaction to what the defiant anti-hero came to represent in depression-era America made it almost criminal to call him one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
New England Movies Weekly
August 11, 2009
...a thinking man's gangster movie. While there's plenty of action for those looking for a shoot-'em-up, it's a decidedly cold-blooded affair
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Drew McWeeny
HitFix
August 1, 2009
Michael Mann is our poet laureate of bank robbery.
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out Sydney
July 31, 2009
Like Dillinger, Mann and his jangly camera live for the moment. If Public Enemies doesn't cut it as history or mythologising, it succeeds staggeringly well as a series of set pieces.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
July 31, 2009
I'd say this is Mann's best film since The Insiders. Or maybe even The Last of the Mohicans. Now there's glory.
Vicky Roach
Daily Telegraph (Australia)
July 31, 2009
Public Enemies finds [Mann] a bit slower on his feet. The film lacks the narrative dexterity of Collateral and The Insider. And the end result veers between solid and stolid.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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