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Enemy at the Gates Reviews

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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.
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Time Out
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.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 26, 2002
It's as if an obsessed movie nut had decided to collect every bad war-movie convention on one computer and program it to spit out a script.
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Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
| Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Taubin
Village Voice
March 27, 2001
Hackneyed material.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 22, 2001
Any flaws in execution pale against those moments when the film brings history to vital life.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Mike Clark
USA Today
March 16, 2001
The story hits and misses for more than two hours following its opening artillery bloodbath.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 16, 2001
It's this human understanding of an inhuman conflict that gives Enemy At The Gates so much power, despite its defects.
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March 16, 2001
The film, directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, doesn't stint on mud, corpses, or rubble, but the focus is all screwed-up.
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John Zebrowski
Seattle Times
March 16, 2001
The film is way too big for the story.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 16, 2001
After Enemy at the Gates teases us with the promise of something big, it's hard to be happy with a small-scale story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
March 16, 2001
Airplanes arrive as regularly as the groaners in Enemy at the Gates.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 16, 2001
Can't easily be dismissed or forgotten.
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Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle
March 16, 2001
Impressive visually, with great sets and a grim feel of massive tragedy.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
March 16, 2001
Although it is not without flaw, Enemy at the Gates makes its point in compelling fashion.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
March 16, 2001
An elaborate, character-driven World War II epic that gets the war right, but pretty much fumbles the characters.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
March 16, 2001
Large and ungainly, this World War II tale of a sniper duel that parallels the bloody battle for Stalingrad has an indisputable visual power, but it's nothing you'd want to have a conversation with--or, for that matter, about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
March 16, 2001
A tense and artful war film that works both as thrilling spectacle and as intimate drama.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 16, 2001
It's remarkable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
March 15, 2001
This movie may seem to some like little more than boys' war games. But director Annaud, who wrote this with Alain Godard, knows how to milk the suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
March 15, 2001
Even with its flaws, I guess you could say that this is the best American movie ever made about a heroic Soviet sniper and his propagandist pal.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 15, 2001
Enemy at the Gates has its deficiencies, but the first-rate cast is not among them.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Lawrence Terenzi
Mr. Showbiz
March 15, 2001
Marred by an unconvincing love triangle and an insincere dénouement, it's a story that nonetheless resonates as much as Saving Private Ryan does.
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Gemma Files
Film.com
March 15, 2001
The new year's single most satisfying movie experience thus far.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
March 15, 2001
If too much of Enemy of the Gates is melodramatic hokum, it is redeemed by the sniper standoffs, which are models of suspense.
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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
March 15, 2001
As so often happens, the good stuff gets diluted with requisite pap and banal dialogue a love triangle, lackluster sex, betrayal and redemption.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 15, 2001
As fascinated as I was by the historical backdrop against which the struggle occurs, I found it difficult to care one way or another about which characters lived or died.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
March 15, 2001
Despite a strong cast and occasional flashes of creativity, the cat-and-mouse action thriller by Annaud ... is boring.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 15, 2001
A simplified 'happy' hero's story.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
March 15, 2001
Elaborate, exciting and lavishly shot.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 15, 2001
The cat-and-mouse scenes between the two snipers are electric.
| Original Score: B-
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Ebert & Roeper
March 8, 2001
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
February 19, 2001
A considerable achievement, a thinking man's war movie with a more compelling story than that of Saving Private Ryan.
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Derek Elley
Variety
February 8, 2001
Shows a consistent inability to generate any kind of drama when characters open their mouths.