The Public Enemy Reviews

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November 10, 2004
Overripe, rigid, and at times clunky ... and that's part of the enjoyment.
September 26, 2003
July 31, 2003
One of the essential gangster films.
July 30, 2003
Fascinating and brutally realistic.
May 24, 2003
A riveting story told in 84 minutes.
March 10, 2003
Now a classic, this is the movie in which Cagney famously crams a grapefruit into Mae Clarke's face.
October 4, 2002
September 8, 2002
A stunning starring vehicle for Cagney that shaped his career. Dated and a bit slow, but Cagney magnetism shines through even then.
July 29, 2002
a cracklingly good vintage Cagney vehicle
July 27, 2002
January 1, 2000
The Public Enemy (1931) is one of the earliest and best of the gangster films - the second one from Warner Bros. in the thirties. Director William Wellman's
January 1, 2000
James Cagney's portrayal of a bootlegging runt is truly electrifying (he'd made five films, but this one made him a star), and Jean Harlow makes the tartiest tart imaginable.
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