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Public Enemies Reviews

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March 14, 2018
Public Enemies with Johnny Depp and Christian Bale is a powerhouse of great entertainment! The shootout at the lodge was the best part! Marion Cotillard is lovely in this movie as Dillinger's love interest!
½ March 8, 2018
This mOvie Is a true masterpiece. No idea why rotten tomatoes constantly gives bad reviews to generally very solid movies
January 21, 2018
Competent yet dramatically unaffecting.
½ December 27, 2017
First thing one should know about this movie is that the look and sound of this film is dynamic. Filmed in part with High Definition cameras, the vivid glow of the machine gun fire will make any red blooded man or boy smile.

The second thing you should know is that the film doesn't necessarily play as a drama with character involvement or any particular theme. Instead it plays more like a historical reenactment. Showing the so called noble war on crime against Dillinger with warts and all. It doesn't really glamorize Dillinger or the life of the gangster but nor does it romanticize the roll of law enforcement. Instead the director, Michael Mann, lets the events of the film unfold as they more or less unfolded in history. Which may make a few people unhappy in the audience that no great amount of dramatic license was used to come to a more satisfying, and dramatically compelling, conclusion. On the other hand, Mann uses notable aspects of the films historical climax to raise the significance of that moment. Without giving too much away, there is the moment where Johnny Depp as Dillinger is in a theater where he is watching Clark Gables play a gangster that beautifully sums up a motive for they way Dillinger lived his life and foreshadows what is yet to come.

I do not believe the re enactment style of the film is a fault but is actually a strength. The historical story of Dillinger on its own is certainly an interesting read. So pair that up with outstanding acting from Johnny Depp, and other quality performances by Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard, Billy Crudup as well a whole host of notable supporting actors and you have an intriguing, engaging and action packed crime drama.
November 6, 2017
Not Depp's best. He's good, but the movie overall was missing that zeal everyone felt in The Untouchables.
June 12, 2017
June 10, 2017
Underrated Gangster flick
June 9, 2017
Great cast,old story,nice made movie.
½ May 31, 2017
It doesn't resonate after viewing, but Public Enemies may be worth a watch anyways.
½ April 26, 2017
Good historical movie ??...beautifully directed
April 1, 2017
Movie is decent but isn't a movie you want to see more than once. The style is superb though the character build up and story is weak.
Super Reviewer
April 1, 2017
highly stylized, with more plot holes (which makes even less sense 'cause it's based on actual events) than bullet holes... and there's alot of bullet holes.
February 26, 2017
Awsome retro gangster film. Johnny Depp was brilliant.
January 22, 2017
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January 21st 2017
January 9, 2017
The movie is great with some very good performances. What I really liked was the attention to every detail, it really makes you feel like you are in 30's, from the clothes to the cars and the weapons used. The bad is that it gets bogged down in the romance between Dillinger and Billie and kind of slows the movie down a bit. I would have liked more emphasis on how Purvis conducted the manhunt for Dillinger. But all in all it was a good one that warrants a second viewing just to absorb everything that goes on.
December 30, 2016
I slept in the Theater
October 8, 2016
Watching this again on the small screen even without the benefit of HD it has the same top drawer I don't care about the critics genius that Miami Vice displayed. A flick to see again and again because of the atmospheric score and mesmerising handheld camerawork. Sure it's measured and cold. Just like the historical events.
½ October 2, 2016
Starring Johnny Depp and Christian Bale, this gangster movie is based on a real life notorious gangster from about 80 years ago: John Dillinger.

Overall, very entertaining and brings Dillinger colorfully to life. Seemingly a Robin Hood of his time.
September 5, 2016
Film would be generic even back in the 1930's with James Cagney and Edward G. Robinson, but it's one of Johnny Depp's strongest performances
½ August 30, 2016
There was a good film in here somewhere, but I just couldn't find it!
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