Enemy at the Gates Reviews

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January 30, 2018
Everything in the movie is obstinately stupid.
March 4, 2011
more character development and depth would vastly improve this
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.
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.
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.
October 15, 2002
While Enemy at the Gates aims to do justice to history, it trips and falls on its own romantic pretense.
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.
July 9, 2002
This movie would be great if the characters would get in character.
June 21, 2002
Yawn. Remember when war movies didn't need love triangles?
June 9, 2002
Although "Enemy" is a huge production, with burning cityscapes, hundreds of extras and uncommonly vivid period detail, Annaud's combination of stark realism and contrived romance doesn't always jell
March 24, 2002
It's the Battle of Stalingrad as staged by Masterpiece Theatre.
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March 19, 2002
October 26, 2001
October 24, 2001
Its rarely-seen subject matter has real merit, and I suspect will distinguish the production for some time to come, but "new" and "different" don't necessarily mean "good."
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