Public Enemies Reviews

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June 6, 2019
The lush sets and gorgeous costumes coupled with the grainy cinematography make for a totally immersive experience, pulling a modern audience into a bygone era of fast cars, tommy guns and femme fatales.
May 16, 2019
Mann has shown an ability to create an interesting crime drama. He doesn't fail here, capturing the era to perfection, but there is an almost distant feel to the material that makes the film more cold and calculated than one might expect.
November 8, 2018
A seasoned genre filmmaker at the height of his game; still able to turn even one of his lesser works into something classy and gripping.
January 2, 2018
Yes, this is a gangster movie worth seeing, and it should be seen on the big screen.
September 12, 2017
... it was entertaining, but quite long.
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.
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...
September 24, 2014
The desperate times in which we suddenly find ourselves ... make Public Enemies seem especially timely.
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.
September 29, 2012
It's looking more and more like Michael Mann will never be able to recapture that Heat hotness.
September 29, 2011
Adheres to the historical facts of Dillinger's well-documented tapestry of brazen daylight heists, gritty shootouts and improbable jailbreaks.
August 26, 2011
Burrows deeply into the depths of the Great Depression.
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.
December 29, 2010
Lawmen and outlaws collide in Mann's stylish, brutal drama.
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.
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.
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
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