Public Enemies Reviews

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December 29, 2010
Lawmen and outlaws collide in Mann's stylish, brutal drama.
October 27, 2010
If only Mann's obsession with technical perfection extended to drafting screenplays.
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.
July 6, 2010
Mann seems undecided about what he wants Enemies to accomplish, so he tries a little bit of everything.
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.
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.
December 13, 2009
Feels like experimental filmmaking and never seems to transcend that to something more profound or awe-inspiring.
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.
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.
August 30, 2009
Michael Mann, director of Public Enemies has capped an extremely impressive decade of work with a movie that approaches greatness but just misses.
August 25, 2009
An experimental film masked as a studio blockbuster
August 19, 2009
The popular reaction to what the defiant anti-hero came to represent in depression-era America made it almost criminal to call him one.
August 11, 2009
...a thinking man's gangster movie. While there's plenty of action for those looking for a shoot-'em-up, it's a decidedly cold-blooded affair
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.
August 2, 2009
By the time director Michael Mann gets around to making clear his intention of creating a throwback to Hollywood gangster films of the '30s, "Public Enemies" has long since worn out its welcome.
August 1, 2009
Michael Mann is our poet laureate of bank robbery.
July 31, 2009
Like Dillinger, Mann and his jangly camera live for the moment. If Public Enemies doesn't cut it as history or mythologising, it succeeds staggeringly well as a series of set pieces.
July 31, 2009
I'd say this is Mann's best film since The Insiders. Or maybe even The Last of the Mohicans. Now there's glory.
July 31, 2009
Public Enemies finds [Mann] a bit slower on his feet. The film lacks the narrative dexterity of Collateral and The Insider. And the end result veers between solid and stolid.
July 31, 2009
A triumph of pure cinema, Public Enemies is one of the most visually experimental films of Mann's career.
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