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Enemy of the State

Enemy of the State (1998)



Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 84
Fresh: 60 | Rotten: 24

An entertaining, topical thriller that finds director Tony Scott on solid form and Will Smith confirming his action headliner status.


Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 9

An entertaining, topical thriller that finds director Tony Scott on solid form and Will Smith confirming his action headliner status.



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The action producing-directing team of Jerry Bruckheimer and Tony Scott is back with another thrill-a-minute ride called Enemy of the State. Taking its "innocent man accidentally caught up in political corruption" story from such films as Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation, Alfred Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much, and Sydney Pollack's Three Days of the Condor, they turn up the high-tech volume in an attempt to create the ultimate action film. Robert Clayton Dean, played by Will Smith,


Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure

David Marconi

Jun 15, 1999

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All Critics (87) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (60) | Rotten (24) | DVD (35)

[Its] spirited action is balanced by an almost contemplative attitude toward surveillance phobias and the movie cliches they've spawned.

March 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Add Smith's lippy innocent and a host of subcontracted indie fresh faces, and you have the Bruckheimer formula: loud, lavish, seemingly efficient; over-large, over-long, over-plotted. Safe and sorry.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Since Scott could not make this film snap, crackle or pop faster or more loudly, you might find the evening a bit light.

July 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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Hard to sit through.

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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From there, with the mystery entirely gone and the thrills fading fast, the rest is pretty much a two-hour chase sequence, culminating in a hilariously maladroit shoot-out.

March 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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What do you say about a movie that sends you home in a frenzy to search for bugs? In the new age of Big Brother, that's entertainment.

May 11, 2001
Rolling Stone
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As a simple thriller that wants only to excite and intensify, it's one of the better ones that the late '90s produced.

August 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Decent thriller; not suitable for kids.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A highly enjoyable hi-tech thriller.

March 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4

Distinctly uneven but generally entertaining...

July 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

If you want to believe in the dark side of government, we are already past the predictions of Enemy of the State.

June 8, 2006 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures's the action, not the acting, that is the key to the movie's success, and that's where it excels with its constant momentum.

May 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

It's got some great action moments, just enough energy to jolt you through the exposition deliveries, and a ridiculously colorful cast to keep your eyeballs busy.

May 14, 2006 Full Review Source:

Who'd have thought I'd miss the subtle touch of the late Don Simpson?

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

O roteiro bem construído e a direção enérgica de Scott conferem tensão ao filme, que também faz uma série de bem-vindas alusões a A Conversação.

October 3, 2005
Cinema em Cena

It's good to see an action thriller have a story that has some real meaning and issues that may open quite a few eyes to the fragility of the rights of the individual in a world where things are moving too fast to control.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

A super thriller with a great cat... er, cast.

January 28, 2005 Full Review Source:

It satisfies needs of those who crave for quality entertainment as much as the needs of those who like some food for thought.

October 8, 2004 Full Review


October 5, 2003 | Comments (2)

High production values and Gene Hackman are the only things that stand out in this run-of-the-mill Hollywood paranoia thriller. The unimaginative plot consists mostly of Will Smith being chased around by government agents.

August 11, 2003

The movie has plenty of high-tech power, spinning out action so explosive you'll hardly notice how preposterous the story is or how cardboard-thin the characters are.

April 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Comments (2)
Christian Science Monitor

Smith has vaulted himself into worlwide fame and success in less than 10 years and is showing no signs of stopping.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

You've got to hand it to director Tony Scott and producer Jerry Bruckheimer: They know how to please a crowd.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

Audience Reviews for Enemy of the State

As far as action are concerned, Enemy of the State is pure mindless popcorn flick from start to finish. The film has flaws, but it makes up for it with exciting action. I thought this film fun from start to finish, and with every other Tony Scott flick, he delivered a good action film. The cast do a fine job, and despite the fact that Enemy of the state relies on the traditional innocent man involved in political corruption explored in so many other films, this is still a must see film for action film buffs. The film is pure popcorn fare. What do you expect from a Tony Scott film? Will Smith is good as the lead and really delivers something memorable here. Tony Scott as usual delivers the thrills that you'd expect, and he does it well. Although this is far from perfect, Enemy of the State is a good action film for what it is. I was very much entertained, even though the film follows the usual formula of so many other films of this genre. The plot doesn't do anything new or original, thus it's kind of predictable. Despite this, Enemy of the State is still worth watching for a mindless, fun Friday evening. The cast make this film watchable and despite its flaws, this is purely a fun film that has awesome action. A very well done action film, not perfect, but good nonetheless. If you're looking for a good action film that is pure mindless fun, Enemy of the State is the film that you should watch. The cast are good, and the plot despite it's nothing original, it delivers on excitement, face paced action; and it does it well.
January 9, 2012
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Not my idea of an enthralling movie, but okay for it's genre, I guess. I was too bored to tell for certain.
October 15, 2011

Super Reviewer

High adrenaline paranoia thriller making great use of the technological potential of the big brother state. While it slowly sets up Will Smith as the innocent man stumbling into this conspiracy, things speed up once his life is taken from him on a technological level. Music, camera work and editing all add up to a really exciting thriller that doesn't take many breaks for catching your breath. The showdown even brings a quantum Tarantino into the mix. The result is satisfying, fast, sometimes spectacular and surprisingly smart.
September 27, 2011

Super Reviewer

Will and Gene are excellent in this movie. Will's character's life is turned upside down when he is left with a video tape of a congressman's assassination. He doesn't know that he has the tape and is pursued by National Security Agents who use satellites to track him. Everyone around him is in danger. Great cast and plot.
January 8, 2011
T Tsang

Super Reviewer

    1. Robert Clayton Dean: What the hell is happening?
    2. Brill: I blew up the Building.
    3. Robert Clayton Dean: Why?
    4. Brill: Because you made a phone call!
    – Submitted by Noel Joseph B (2 years ago)
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