Public Enemies Reviews

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July 31, 2009
A triumph of pure cinema, Public Enemies is one of the most visually experimental films of Mann's career.
July 29, 2009
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 6, 2009
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 3, 2009
If John Dillinger had not existed... Michael Mann would have had to invent him.
July 3, 2009
It's a fascinating moment in history, and Mann captures the cars, the guns and the buildings with painstaking, immersive authenticity.
July 3, 2009
Even the bank jobs and prison breaks feel perfunctory and enervated.
July 3, 2009
Questionable production values alone are not enough to sink a movie. Cinema doesn't have to look great if it has something to say. But it's not entirely clear what Public Enemies is trying to say.
July 3, 2009
It's a picture with virility and confidence, and unlike Dillinger's machine-gun, which the man himself expertly takes to pieces, it never quite jams, and gets off one or two lethal rounds.
July 3, 2009
It tills the old ground, albeit with new-style star power and Mann's signature cinematic flourishes. But Depp is unduly subdued and Mann's cape work is oversold.
July 3, 2009
Like Dillinger, the film lives fast, only to die young.
July 3, 2009
Michael Mann may not succeed with Public Enemies but the attempt is compelling enough.
July 2, 2009
It's flat and direct, and when a line or two slips out that sounds like it wants to elevate Dillinger's life into a grand theme, it's quickly hammered down.
July 2, 2009
Our connections with Public Enemies remain abstract. The darkness and the distance kill the fun.
July 2, 2009
... as strange and exhilarating as riding the running board of John Dillinger's fast, shiny, black getaway car.
July 2, 2009
The best rejoinder to Public Enemies is Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal video... It's a tommy-gun gangster fantasia with a touch of Guys and Dolls, and it's everything Public Enemies isn't.
July 2, 2009
Mann excels at staging the chaotic bank jobs and bloody shootouts that were just a day at the office for Dillinger, but even at 140 minutes the movie is so dense with incident that there isn't much room for cultural comment or character development.
July 1, 2009
The underconceived Public Enemies suffers from that lack of drive, though Johnny Depp is so urgent and charismatic as John Dillinger, he provides enough firepower to make the film legit.
July 1, 2009
Although Public Enemies does not ascend to the heights of Bonnie and Clyde or The Untouchables, it is nevertheless an effective depiction of the final months of the life of one of the United States' most infamous criminals.
July 1, 2009
With Public Enemies, he has made an impressive film of great formal skill, one that inescapably has a brooding dark-night-of-the-soul quality about it.
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