more character development and depth would vastly improve this
| Original Score: C-
Tense and violent WWII movie.
| Original Score: 4/5
it could have held back on the parts featuring boredom because they did tend to drag the suspense down a bit
| Original Score: 2/5
While it does have some solid moments of action, the film as a whole is laughable.
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.
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.
Flatulent hero-worship of a man played by a tired-looking actor who deserves funkier roles.
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.
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.
Annaud shows a real knack for suspense here, enough to make me hope he will do more action-adventure in the future.
| Original Score: B
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.
| Original Score: 2.5
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.
| Original Score: C+
Worth the trouble, but make sure to leave the history notes at home.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
[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.
The central thriller element of the film more than compensates for these deficiencies as well as any of the dodgier script moments.
While Enemy at the Gates aims to do justice to history, it trips and falls on its own romantic pretense.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Enemy at the Gates is a good movie that could have been great, if not for the inflated running time.
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.
Time and again the movie feels like it's working toward a Hollywood moment but always retreats before succumbing to the opportunity.
| Original Score: 3.5/4