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The Untouchables Reviews

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Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files
October 28, 2013
The best cop/mob movie remains decidedly untouchable.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.5/10
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 25, 2013
A deeply satisfying and entertaining Prohibition gang-buster directed with a Tommy gun's rat-tat-tat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ben Yagoda
Philadelphia Daily News
June 25, 2013
De Palma does superb job with the action sequences, which are choreographed, paced and acted out so well that they don't leave a palm dry in the house.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
June 25, 2013
The Untouchables could be the breakthrough movie for Kevin Costner, a folksy, Gary Cooperish actor who holds center stage as Eliot Ness.
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
June 25, 2013
Brian De Palma's version blends style, violence and a host of fine character portrayals into a rousing, point-blank period film.
Adrian Turner
Radio Times
June 25, 2013
For many the main attraction of this modern classic is Sean Connery's Oscar-winning turn as the veteran Irish cop who shows Costner the ropes.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Simon Kinnear
Total Film
June 25, 2013
De Palma's style rides substance out of town to leave a glorious compendium of genre cool, remixing the original '50s TV series just as Indiana Jones took a whip to '30s serial adventures.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
June 25, 2013
From a director of De Palma's resources -- both aesthetic and, these days, financial -- it's fair to expect something more than just not being bored.
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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times
June 25, 2013
Where, under his stainless-steel incorruptibility, was Ness' gnawing flaw? To Mamet and De Palma, goodness and dullness seem inseparable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
June 25, 2013
Unlike some past De Palma films, though, The Untouchables makes some of its strongest impressions in sequences that build suspense and characterization without readily resorting to mayhem.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
June 25, 2013
It's an action film without much personality or drive and without enough imaginative detail to make the action gripping or meaningful.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
June 25, 2013
It goes to that place that all films aspiring to greatness must attain: the country of myth, where all the figures must be larger and more vivid than life.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 21, 2012
...a consistently watchable yet sporadically captivating piece of work that is, unfortunately, starting to show its age...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

May 21, 2008
A perfectly adequate Hollywood movie, even classy and entertaining at times, but, despite De Palma's brilliant set piece which reworks the Odessa steps sequence from Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin, this is disappointing stuff.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 21, 2008
The results are watchable enough, with a particularly adept use of Sean Connery, Chicago locations, and period details.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
The film mostly revels in nostalgia and feels numb.
Chuck O'Leary
February 18, 2006
De Palma's masterpiece is an exhilarating, moving and larger-than-life cops vs. crooks epic. Connery and De Niro steal the show in charismatic supporting turns. The best film of 1987.
| Original Score: 10/10
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Brian Case
Time Out
February 9, 2006
The narrative thunders to its conclusion like a locomotive.
Emanuel Levy
June 25, 2005
De Palma's stylish crime-gangster tale is extremely enjoybale in large measure due to the set-pieces and homages to Sergio Leone and Eisenstein, but also to Sean Connery's great performance for which he deservedly won the Supporting Actor Oscar.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Scott Weinberg
April 3, 2005
De Palma, Mamet, De Niro, Connery ... what's not to like?
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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