A deeply satisfying and entertaining Prohibition gang-buster directed with a Tommy gun's rat-tat-tat.
| Original Score: 3/4
The Untouchables could be the breakthrough movie for Kevin Costner, a folksy, Gary Cooperish actor who holds center stage as Eliot Ness.
Where, under his stainless-steel incorruptibility, was Ness' gnawing flaw? To Mamet and De Palma, goodness and dullness seem inseparable.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
It's an action film without much personality or drive and without enough imaginative detail to make the action gripping or meaningful.
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.
The results are watchable enough, with a particularly adept use of Sean Connery, Chicago locations, and period details.
The narrative thunders to its conclusion like a locomotive.
It's vulgar, violent, funny and sometimes breathtakingly beautiful.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
An unqualified triumph.
| Original Score: 4/4
The Untouchables is a beautifully crafted portrait of Prohibition-era Chicago.
...only marginally entertaining.
...it does not have a great script, great performances or great direction.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
...an entertaining but incongruous mix of class and pulp.