Enemy at the Gates Reviews

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October 2, 2020
Time and time again, Enemy at the Gates squanders its pulse-pounding momentum on long, high-falutin' stretches of pointy-headed pretentiousness that just get in the road of the good stuff.
January 30, 2018
Everything in the movie is obstinately stupid.
March 4, 2011
more character development and depth would vastly improve this
December 24, 2010
Tense and violent WWII movie.
January 9, 2010
it could have held back on the parts featuring boredom because they did tend to drag the suspense down a bit
May 18, 2009
While it does have some solid moments of action, the film as a whole is laughable.
November 20, 2008
Enemy at the Gates won't find too many friends at the box office -- fans of war movies (and of Jude Law) will appreciate it, but there isn't much for everyone else in this mid-March downer.
August 7, 2008
There's a decent movie buried in here somewhere, but the lousy love triangle and ultimate lack of focus make this WWII drama a bit hard to take.
July 30, 2007
Flatulent hero-worship of a man played by a tired-looking actor who deserves funkier roles.
February 9, 2007
There's never much risk of reality intruding--just a lot of histrionic James Horner music nd plenty of designer stubble on the soldiers' faces.
Top Critic
January 26, 2006
Set-pieces get you so far (and Annaud delights in blowing this set to pieces), but the script's shortcomings aren't camouflaged by the decision to adopt Home Counties' accents as the film's lingua franca.
December 6, 2005
July 5, 2005
December 6, 2004
Annaud shows a real knack for suspense here, enough to make me hope he will do more action-adventure in the future.
November 23, 2004
If only ambition was the bar at which to measure the quality of motion pictures, Enemy at the Gates could sit atop the best of the year.
May 22, 2003
There's ambition, and then there's pretense. It's a common mistake for both filmmakers and filmgoers to mistake the latter for the former.
February 26, 2003
Worth the trouble, but make sure to leave the history notes at home.
February 8, 2003
It generally succeeds at telling a truly heroic story, providing yet another vehicle to showcase the talents of Law and Harris, and of their supporting cast.
January 7, 2003
[It's] clearly meant to measure up to or reach past what Steven Spielberg did in Saving Private Ryan. But it is one of the poorest imitations I have seen so far.
December 8, 2002
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