Public Enemies Reviews

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November 29, 2020
While the typical protagonists and antagonists switch roles, it's still a shame to be forced to root for the historically doomed.
November 22, 2020
Mann depicts the giddy excesses and fearsome violence of Dillinger's raids with his customary savage grace.
September 20, 2020
It is easily one of 2009's most satisfying action dramas for adults.
May 29, 2020
Somehow this bigger-than-life, true cat-and-mouse saga never fully hits the heights of its ambitions or the capabilities of its cast.
October 30, 2019
[A] beautifully crafted action movie that has brains, brawn and beauty in equal measure. Simply, stunning.
June 6, 2019
The lush sets and gorgeous costumes coupled with the grainy cinematography make for a totally immersive experience, pulling a modern audience into a bygone era of fast cars, tommy guns and femme fatales.
May 16, 2019
Mann has shown an ability to create an interesting crime drama. He doesn't fail here, capturing the era to perfection, but there is an almost distant feel to the material that makes the film more cold and calculated than one might expect.
November 8, 2018
A seasoned genre filmmaker at the height of his game; still able to turn even one of his lesser works into something classy and gripping.
November 1, 2018
Public Enemies is an oddly soft, slow, elegiac film, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Some of my best friends are elegiac films. But it seems a regrettable approach to its main subject.
November 1, 2018
There is no tension or suspense in the chase.
August 29, 2018
There is much to admire in this film... But it's as if the whole thing has been emotionally cauterised. It holds you at arm's length. As such, I found it peculiarly unsatisfying. If it had been a restaurant meal, I'd have come home and had a sandwich.
January 2, 2018
Yes, this is a gangster movie worth seeing, and it should be seen on the big screen.
September 12, 2017
... it was entertaining, but quite long.
June 22, 2016
Only Depp prevents the film sinking beneath its own weight. His performance is so stunning, the rest of the big-name cast is almost wasted as he absorbs the audience's full attention.
June 14, 2015
The reflection of pink neon off the crimson silk of a lawman's tie as he stands in wait under the Biograph marquee; a patch of sodium-vapor orange city sky above a bridge as magnetic and floating as a square in a Rothko canvas...
September 24, 2014
The desperate times in which we suddenly find ourselves ... make Public Enemies seem especially timely.
June 22, 2013
A quiet, thoughful, almost dreamy meditation on violence, on work, on love and on death. It's The Insider with tommy guns.
May 26, 2013
On a sweltering July day in 1934, John Dillinger went to the movies and ended up dead. Now, 75 years later, the movies are killing him again.
September 29, 2012
It's looking more and more like Michael Mann will never be able to recapture that Heat hotness.
July 21, 2012
Instead of glamorizing the early 20th century thug life, it humanizes it a little too much. This drags the movie down and is not the reason I like to go see gangster movies.
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