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The Public (2018)




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What begins as an act of civil disobedience becomes a stand-off with police and library officials when a conscientious librarian turns the Cincinnati Public Library into an impromptu homeless shelter for one night during the most brutal cold snap in recent Cincinnati history.


Alec Baldwin
as Detective Bill Ramstead
Emilio Estevez
as Stuart Goodson
Christian Slater
as Josh Davis
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Critic Reviews for The Public

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Consistently engages despite the relative obviousness of its dramatic tactics.

September 14, 2018 | Full Review…

The dialogue often has a stilted, unnatural ring to it, and it is a tribute to the cast that they manage to bring out the essence of the film, its political heart, so strongly.

September 10, 2018 | Full Review…

The Public is a feel-good crowd-pleaser about the power of social justice.

November 6, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

The Public is rife with heavy-handed, subtle-as-a-heart-attack type elements designed to perpetuate his agenda...

September 24, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Humorous, impactful and poignant. With a little extra tooling, it would also make a great Broadway play.

September 18, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The Public speaks to the responsibilities that we have as citizens, government leaders, and yes, even librarians.

September 17, 2018 | Full Review…

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