Enemy at the Gates Reviews

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
March 4, 2011
more character development and depth would vastly improve this
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 24, 2010
Tense and violent WWII movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
January 9, 2010
it could have held back on the parts featuring boredom because they did tend to drag the suspense down a bit
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
May 18, 2009
While it does have some solid moments of action, the film as a whole is laughable.

Hollywood.com
November 20, 2008
Enemy at the Gates won't find too many friends at the box office -- fans of war movies (and of Jude Law) will appreciate it, but there isn't much for everyone else in this mid-March downer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Bob Grimm
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
There's a decent movie buried in here somewhere, but the lousy love triangle and ultimate lack of focus make this WWII drama a bit hard to take.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
July 30, 2007
Flatulent hero-worship of a man played by a tired-looking actor who deserves funkier roles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 9, 2007
There's never much risk of reality intruding--just a lot of histrionic James Horner music nd plenty of designer stubble on the soldiers' faces.
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
Set-pieces get you so far (and Annaud delights in blowing this set to pieces), but the script's shortcomings aren't camouflaged by the decision to adopt Home Counties' accents as the film's lingua franca.
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
Annaud shows a real knack for suspense here, enough to make me hope he will do more action-adventure in the future.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jordan Hiller
Bangitout.com
November 23, 2004
If only ambition was the bar at which to measure the quality of motion pictures, Enemy at the Gates could sit atop the best of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003
There's ambition, and then there's pretense. It's a common mistake for both filmmakers and filmgoers to mistake the latter for the former.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Harry Guerin
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
February 26, 2003
Worth the trouble, but make sure to leave the history notes at home.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
It generally succeeds at telling a truly heroic story, providing yet another vehicle to showcase the talents of Law and Harris, and of their supporting cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Poland
Hot Button
January 7, 2003
[It's] clearly meant to measure up to or reach past what Steven Spielberg did in Saving Private Ryan. But it is one of the poorest imitations I have seen so far.
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
October 30, 2002
The central thriller element of the film more than compensates for these deficiencies as well as any of the dodgier script moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
While Enemy at the Gates aims to do justice to history, it trips and falls on its own romantic pretense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 11, 2002
Enemy at the Gates is a good movie that could have been great, if not for the inflated running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 26, 2002
It's as if an obsessed movie nut had decided to collect every bad war-movie convention on one computer and program it to spit out a script.
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
August 31, 2002
Time and again the movie feels like it's working toward a Hollywood moment but always retreats before succumbing to the opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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