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The Untouchables Reviews

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 26, 2004
A true crime classic film; DePalma's best.
| Original Score: 5/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
October 12, 2004
It's one of the all-time great gangster flicks, a gorgeously realized production that places archetypal heroes and villains in the service of a rip-roaring storyline.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
October 5, 2004
Steeped in De Palma's glorious violence and sinuous cinematography, but stripped of his tricky sensuality and his anarchic self-reflective wit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
September 15, 2004
Superb performances, exquisite direction and that Ennio Morricone score create an authentic 1920s Chicago feel and a hugely entertaining crime drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 25, 2004
The pacing is lethargic as the director seems to treat this saga of law and order with mock seriousness.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/5
Mark Athitakis
August 19, 2004
a magnificent movie about political clout -- a worthy subject that Hollywood's rarely bothered to tackle and usually gets wrong
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
March 7, 2004
Costner's lack of charisma, Connery's arrogance, and De Palma's disinterest in his material add up to a pretty lame couple of hours.
| Original Score: 1/5
Gabe Leibowitz
March 1, 2004
Too campy for its topic matter...Costner is typically dull as a 75 year-old unsharpened sword.
| Original Score: 1/5
Fred Topel
November 25, 2003
Great gangster movie
| Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide
July 30, 2003
A slam-bang gangster saga with bravura direction by Brian De Palma, a witty David Mamet script and superb acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
It's vulgar, violent, funny and sometimes breathtakingly beautiful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Brian Mckay
March 18, 2003
One of De Palma's best. Great period gangster film. Connery and De Niro fantastic.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeremy Heilman
January 23, 2003
The end result can easily pass as mindless mainstream entertainment, but make no mistake: The Untouchables is one of De Palma's most trenchant statements about the state of America.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
November 28, 2002
An unqualified triumph.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dan Jardine
All Movie Guide
April 12, 2002
Another dePalma triumph of style over substance, climaxed by a great homage to Eisenstein
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/5
Neil Smith
June 13, 2001
Few old TV shows have been brought to the big screen with such Úlan as Brian De Palma's majestic adaptation of the 60s small screen classic The Untouchables.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
an exciting piece of pulp action that plays fast and loose with the historical facts
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
February 13, 2001
The action is great fun, the tension equally enjoyable and the overall experience worthwhile, despite the fact that the good guy is about 100 times less interesting than the bad guy.
| Original Score: 77/100
Top Critic
Variety Staff
February 13, 2001
The Untouchables is a beautifully crafted portrait of Prohibition-era Chicago.
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000 does not have a great script, great performances or great direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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