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Public Enemies Reviews

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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+
Simon Miraudo
October 27, 2010
If only Mann's obsession with technical perfection extended to drafting screenplays.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Gina Carbone
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
July 3, 2009
Never mind crime, I'm declaring the nation's first war on hand-held cameras.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 1, 2009
While Public Enemies is a well made, well acted, well written film, it's one without a spark at the center to make it truly special.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
June 30, 2009
Even as a valentine to gangster movies, Public Enemies leaves you wishing that you, like Dillinger on the last night of his life, were watching Manhattan Melodrama instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 2, 2009
Our connections with Public Enemies remain abstract. The darkness and the distance kill the fun.
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
July 1, 2009
For all its surface beauty and energetic shootouts, this underwritten picture doesn't cut very deep and is strangely inert.
August 11, 2009
You can put together all the elements that should create gold and yet without that charmed, mysterious sprinkle of cinematic pixie dust, the alchemy fails to work.
Read More | Original Score: C-
Anders Wotzke
July 29, 2009
The choice of digital tends to only exacerbate the films many flaws. It even reveals the imperfections of Johnny Depp's face. Who wants to see that?
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum
June 28, 2009
As much as the film had bang for the buck, it just did not cut it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 30, 2009
A missed opportunity to make gangster picture with flesh-and-blood characters.
Joanna Langfield
The Movie Minute
June 30, 2009
So much of this gangster drama is so good, it is especially disappointing when so much of the rest of it is not.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Robert Levin
Critic's Notebook
June 30, 2009
Falls short in the areas that set great cinema apart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
July 2, 2009
Boasts solid performances by Johnny Depp and the radiant Marion Cotillard, but suffers from excessive style over substance. It often drags and lacks insight, palpable thrills along with dramatic tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.25/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 1, 2009
Michael Mann has terrific visual ideas but, in Public Enemies even more than Miami Vice, he is so fascinated by how everything looks that he doesn't care whether the story or people make sense.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Robbie Collin
News of the World
July 3, 2009
The highlights are too few, and come far too late in the hefty 140-minute running time. This film is an attempt at great art that fails.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Karina Longworth
July 13, 2009
...this is pure 1930s movie escapism, which would be fine if Spinotti's camera was up to the task of capturing the contrast between the glitzy dance halls where Dillinger plays and the scrappy climes in which he hides.
Top Critic
Ben Lyons
At the Movies
July 6, 2009
Some strong performances, but I expected more from this great director and stellar cast.
Matthew Razak
July 1, 2009
You desperately want to be grabbed and taken along for what should be one of the most exciting "true stories" in history, but instead you're stuck wondering why actors as good as Depp and Bale aren't able to make their characters come to life and a direct
Katey Rich
July 1, 2009
Public Enemies is a series of theses, not a story, and nothing in Mann's bag of tricks makes it cohere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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