The Public Reviews

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May 21, 2019
Estevez's drama gets a little preachy in the second half, but "The Public" is passionate about its cause and the cast... deliver like the pros they are.
April 26, 2019
Alec Baldwin, Jeffrey Wright, Christian Slater and Gabrielle Union all look like they'd rather be somewhere else.
April 13, 2019
Writer-director-star Emilio Estevez turns a library occupied by homeless citizens as ground zero for our under-fire democracy. Bravo!
April 7, 2019
The problem is, there's only just enough story to go round. You can hear the creak as both characters and subplots get jacked up out of proportion.
Top Critic
April 5, 2019
Its heart is in the right place, but because it's mired in too many of Estevez's questions about public duty versus public safety, The Public struggles to stay on track and keep the viewer involved.
April 5, 2019
It's a noble effort, but "The Public" never makes a convincing case for its cause.
May 11, 2019
The Public is overstuffed, but it's earnest and it tries to contribute to an important conversation. That nobility of purpose makes it worth watching.
May 4, 2019
Despite its flaws, The Public is heartfelt, humorous, and enlightening.
April 30, 2019
Estevez gets points for effort and the assembly of actors but the finished product is a TV movie of the week.
April 30, 2019
The Public's large cast of charismatic actors help mask many of the film's flaws, and its finger-wagging themes make it a great conversation starter.
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