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Public Enemies Reviews

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Joanna Hunkin
New Zealand Herald
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ray Pride
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...
Andrew Sarris
Film Comment Magazine
September 24, 2014
The desperate times in which we suddenly find ourselves ... make Public Enemies seem especially timely.
Will Leitch
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
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.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Ali Gray
September 29, 2012
It's looking more and more like Michael Mann will never be able to recapture that Heat hotness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Neil Pond
American Profile
September 29, 2011
Adheres to the historical facts of Dillinger's well-documented tapestry of brazen daylight heists, gritty shootouts and improbable jailbreaks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 26, 2011
Burrows deeply into the depths of the Great Depression.
Mike Edwards
What Culture
March 1, 2011
Once Mann is done establishing his characters the film begins to get down to the most interesting element he brings to the project: the saddening decline of a giant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
February 1, 2011
... meanders and never delivers the pay-off it promises.
Don Groves
December 29, 2010
Lawmen and outlaws collide in Mann's stylish, brutal drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5
Simon Miraudo
October 27, 2010
If only Mann's obsession with technical perfection extended to drafting screenplays.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 2010
Public Enemies is a thoroughly detailed and engaging crime epic, which traces the criminal exploits and pursuit of infamous gangster, John Dillinger.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
July 6, 2010
Mann seems undecided about what he wants Enemies to accomplish, so he tries a little bit of everything.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
April 15, 2010
Public Enemies is an enjoyable experience but it feels like it could have been a whole lot more and another gangster classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
William Goss
Orlando Weekly
December 17, 2009
A lesson in how watching a man in front of the camera hit his mark can make one wish the man behind the camera had such true aim.
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
December 13, 2009
Feels like experimental filmmaking and never seems to transcend that to something more profound or awe-inspiring.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
December 11, 2009
Depp's performance overcomes every flaw in the film. He ends up playing Dillinger exactly as he should be--suave, mysterious, romantic, but with obvious elements of cruelty and unbridled violence.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
November 5, 2009
Not to say this is not a well-crafted movie with excellent performances. It is. It is also curiously one-sided and shallow like many movies about famous outlaws tend to be.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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