Enemy of the State Reviews

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Top Critic
January 26, 2006
Add Smith's lippy innocent and a host of subcontracted indie fresh faces, and you have the Bruckheimer formula: loud, lavish, seemingly efficient; over-large, over-long, over-plotted. Safe and sorry.
December 6, 2005
Who'd have thought I'd miss the subtle touch of the late Don Simpson?
July 21, 2005
Since Scott could not make this film snap, crackle or pop faster or more loudly, you might find the evening a bit light.
October 5, 2003
Preposterous.
August 11, 2003
High production values and Gene Hackman are the only things that stand out in this run-of-the-mill Hollywood paranoia thriller. The unimaginative plot consists mostly of Will Smith being chased around by government agents.
April 1, 2003
The movie has plenty of high-tech power, spinning out action so explosive you'll hardly notice how preposterous the story is or how cardboard-thin the characters are.
June 23, 2002
the latest flashy, sterile package to come off producer Jerry Bruckheimer's assembly line
June 18, 2002
Hard to sit through.
March 19, 2002
From there, with the mystery entirely gone and the thrills fading fast, the rest is pretty much a two-hour chase sequence, culminating in a hilariously maladroit shoot-out.
January 1, 2000
Watching this movie is like being wired to a TV set on permanent channel-surf mode!
January 1, 2000
As with a delicious gallon of Grade-A milk, it's sad to see a good movie turn sour.
January 1, 2000
Five times better than Bruckheimer's previous embarrassment, Armageddon. Of course, that isn't to say that it's actually good. It's just saying that it isn't terrible.
January 1, 2000
Another hackneyed, high-concept action flick!
January 1, 2000
Scott loads on equipment displays, speed-drill editing and the convulsive shocks that can relieve his dead feeling for characters.
January 1, 2000
This lethargic paranoid thriller is one film that actually could have benefitted from the trademark Bruckheimer bombast.
January 1, 2000
It should be called Enemy of Restraint.
January 1, 2000
When a movie's trailer is more entertaining than the movie, due to its increased lucidity and more relaxed pace, that should be enough to tip off any filmmaker that he's on the wrong track.
January 1, 2000
Points gained for action and suspense, points lost for unoriginal premise and tired cliches.
January 1, 2000
How idiotic!
January 1, 2000
It actually wears you out after a while. Just like Scott's other movies, this one plays more like a hugely conceived wind-sprint. Rest periods are few and far between.
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