Public Enemies Reviews

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November 1, 2018
Public Enemies is an oddly soft, slow, elegiac film, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Some of my best friends are elegiac films. But it seems a regrettable approach to its main subject.
November 1, 2018
There is no tension or suspense in the chase.
August 29, 2018
There is much to admire in this film... But it's as if the whole thing has been emotionally cauterised. It holds you at arm's length. As such, I found it peculiarly unsatisfying. If it had been a restaurant meal, I'd have come home and had a sandwich.
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.
July 21, 2012
Instead of glamorizing the early 20th century thug life, it humanizes it a little too much. This drags the movie down and is not the reason I like to go see gangster movies.
February 1, 2011
... meanders and never delivers the pay-off it promises.
October 27, 2010
If only Mann's obsession with technical perfection extended to drafting screenplays.
July 6, 2010
Mann seems undecided about what he wants Enemies to accomplish, so he tries a little bit of everything.
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.
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.
July 31, 2009
Mann and his writers recount Dillinger's story clearly and with more historical accuracy than some of the earlier film versions, but you're left wondering, "So what?"
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?
July 23, 2009
At times incoherent, at times self conscious and thanks to Dante Spinotti being allowed to go hand held, almost always irritating to watch.
July 16, 2009
You would think that sexy 1930's gangsters using excessive force and chasing around in gorgeous cars would at least be enough to help me forget that I need to do some laundry, but you would be wrong.
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.
July 13, 2009
... Depp has a few solid scenes that spark to life, only to have the spark fail to ignite a consistent interest in the story.
July 11, 2009
With its well-staged stickups and shootouts … it seems to be all surface — a glossy updating of 1930s Hollywood gangster melodrama without any substantial commentary or insight.
July 10, 2009
In this era where we all hate banks (as Mojo Nixon once sang) does Hollywood really want to put out a film that glorifies bank robbers? Obviously yes.
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