Public Enemies

Critics Consensus

Michael Mann's latest is a competent and technically impressive gangster flick with charismatic lead performances, but some may find the film lacks truly compelling drama.

68%

TOMATOMETER

Total Count: 278

59%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 633,775

Where to watch

Show all services

Other Movies

Rate And Review

User image

Verified

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Rate this movie

    Oof, that was Rotten.

    Meh, it passed the time.

    It’s good – I’d recommend it.

    Awesome!

    So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

    What did you think of the movie? (optional)



  • You're almost there! Just confirm how you got your ticket.

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Step 2 of 2

    How did you buy your ticket?

    Let's get your review verified.

    • Fandango

    • AMCTheatres.com or AMC AppNew

    • Cinemark Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Regal Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Theater box office or somewhere else

    You're almost there! Just confirm how you got your ticket.

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Rate this movie

    Oof, that was Rotten.

    Meh, it passed the time.

    It’s good – I’d recommend it.

    Awesome!

    So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

    What did you think of the movie? (optional)

  • How did you buy your ticket?

    • Fandango

    • AMCTheatres.com or AMC AppNew

    • Cinemark Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Regal Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Theater box office or somewhere else

Public Enemies Videos

Public Enemies Photos

Movie Info

Depression-era bank robber John Dillinger's (Johnny Depp) charm and audacity endear him to much of America's downtrodden public, but he's also a thorn in the side of J. Edgar Hoover (Billy Crudup) and the fledgling FBI. Desperate to capture the elusive outlaw, Hoover makes Dillinger his first Public Enemy Number One and assigns his top agent, Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale), the task of bringing him in dead or alive.

Cast & Crew

Johnny Depp
John Dillinger
Christian Bale
Melvin Purvis
Marion Cotillard
Billie Frechette
Billy Crudup
J. Edgar Hoover
Stephen Dorff
Homer Van Meter
Stephen Lang
Charles Winstead
Channing Tatum
"Pretty Boy" Floyd
Stephen Graham
Baby Face Nelson
Giovanni Ribisi
Alvin Karpis
Jason Clarke
"Red" Hamilton
Ronan Bennett
Screenwriter
Michael Mann
Screenwriter
Ann Biderman
Screenwriter
G. Mac Brown
Executive Producer
Elliot Goldenthal
Original Music
Dante Spinotti
Cinematographer
Nathan Crowley
Production Design
Show all Cast & Crew

News & Interviews for Public Enemies

Critic Reviews for Public Enemies

All Critics (278) | Top Critics (58) | Fresh (188) | Rotten (90)

  • A triumph of pure cinema, Public Enemies is one of the most visually experimental films of Mann's career.

    July 31, 2009 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Depp and Bale as Dillinger and the FBI agent tracking him are excellent and the film is a consistently entertaining, thoughtful and high paced ride, that Dillinger actually did the more extraordinary actions portrayed is the only way their inclusion in a

    July 29, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • I do think this is a film worth seeing, so obviously, I say see it.

    July 6, 2009
  • Some strong performances, but I expected more from this great director and stellar cast.

    July 6, 2009 | Full Review…
  • If John Dillinger had not existed... Michael Mann would have had to invent him.

    July 3, 2009 | Full Review…
  • It's a fascinating moment in history, and Mann captures the cars, the guns and the buildings with painstaking, immersive authenticity.

    July 3, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Public Enemies

  • Apr 01, 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.
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • Jul 14, 2013
    Johnny Depp and Christian Bale faceoff in the exciting historical crime drama Public Enemies. Based on a novel, the film follows the rise of the FBI during the 1930s as they pursue notorious bank robber John Dillinger and his associates. The acting's quite good, as both Depp and Bale give excellent performances. However, Michael Mann's directing is exceptionally poor; particularly in the excessive use of handheld camera shots and the inconsistent cinematography. Still, the action scenes are quite compelling and have a remarkable sense of realism. Public Enemies has its moments, but it's an uneven film that ends up being less than the sum of its parts.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 01, 2012
    Nice to finally see Johnny Depp not in a weird/cooky role. The film had a lot of action and a great story even though it was pretty lengthy. The fact that it's based on real people and events makes it all the better.
    Eric A Super Reviewer
  • Nov 24, 2012
    Solid direction by Mann and a great performance from Depp, towards the end it really gets good.
    Graham J Super Reviewer

Public Enemies Quotes

Movie & TV guides