Public Enemies

Public Enemies

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Public Enemies

Michael Mann's (Heat, Miami Vice) gangster flick with Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Billy Crudup and Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose). The 1930's Chicago setting is intriguingly shot with HD video.

In America's booming crime wave of the '30s, no-one could stop genius bank robber John Dillinger (Depp). His charm and audacious jailbreaks endeared him to a public who had no sympathy for the banks that had plunged the country into the Depression. While the adventures of Dillinger, his gang and super-crim colleagues (such as Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd) thrilled many, FBI founder J. Edgar Hoover (Crudup) made Dillinger America's first Public Enemy Number One and sent his top man, Melvin Purvis (Bale), to stop him.

2009Rating: R16, contains violence142 minsUSA
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

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Oddly, too, the film is somewhat shortchanged by its great star, Johnny Depp, who disappointingly has chosen to play Dillinger as self-consciously cool rather than earthy and gregarious.

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Total Film

Total Film

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Call it the anti-American Gangster. And we mean that as a compliment. This superstar crime thriller emerges as something surprising, fascinating and technically dazzling. Don’t expect a Hollywood movie. Expect a Michael Mann movie.

4.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

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A grave and beautiful work of art.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

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This is a very good film, with Depp and Bale performances of brutal clarity. I'm trying to understand why it is not quite a great film. I think it may be because it deprives me of some stubborn need for closure.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Depp's rogue charm saves this ponderous shoot 'em up.

3.0
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Newshub

Newshub

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A classy crime thriller, and a worthy big screen watch.

4.0
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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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Simultaneously an art film and a crime film, Mann's latest work may not give you a ton to hang on to emotionally, but the beauty and skill of the filmmaking keep you tightly in its grasp.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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The film lacks the juice promised by the teaming of such extraordinary filmmakers with a cast as large as a Hooverville encampment.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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Intelligent and challenging: Mann's crime epic could take two viewings to fully absorb, but it's worth every devoted minute.

5.0
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Dominion Post

Dominion Post

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I wish Mann would drop his experiment with digital cameras. This film would have looked a lot better in 35mm film, and 20 minutes or so could have been left on the editor's floor without losing any of the story, but Public Enemies is still a fine film, probably the year's best crime flick to date.

0

I struggle to understand why someone considered this story to be worth telling. There was very little by the way of intrigue or tension. None of the characters - though well acted - appealed to the audience or were seen to develop in any way throughout the film. Too slow and lacking in motivation; I fidgeted in my seat waiting for this film to develop a...

2.0
0

One of the best ganster movies ever made . The charm the charisma , brutality all depicted so delictely even with the sound reincrnating the 1930 era , thanks to Miachel Mann . Jonny is brilliant neverthless is Bale and Marion Slow but even with a lenghty play will keep u glued to the screen with such a blanced narration . If u havent seen it yet don't...

5.0
0

but worth it. All the bits of the story fit and see it on a big screen. A great rivalry between the state and a bank robber. All of them were nasty but some more charismatic than others

5.0
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Thought this film was very stylish on screen with Michael Mann doing brilliant job of recreating the great depression era on screen. If you check out photos of the real John Dillinger the scary thing is how similar he actually looks to Johnny Depp, who does not dissapoint at all IMO. Go see it somewhere comfortable, as it is quite long, but needs to be to...

5.0
0

I thought this was Michael Mann back to his best. The way the film is shot is great and very deliberate. Johnny Depp is a perfect casting for this role, being the charasmatic bad boy. I also that Christian Bale did a great job as Melvin Purvis and of course Marion Collitard as Billie. It was your thinking man's action movie.

4.0
0

AWESOME. Cannot Wait!

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Variety

Variety

press

Oddly, too, the film is somewhat shortchanged by its great star, Johnny Depp, who disappointingly has chosen to play Dillinger as self-consciously cool rather than earthy and gregarious.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Call it the anti-American Gangster. And we mean that as a compliment. This superstar crime thriller emerges as something surprising, fascinating and technically dazzling. Don’t expect a Hollywood movie. Expect a Michael Mann movie.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A grave and beautiful work of art.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

This is a very good film, with Depp and Bale performances of brutal clarity. I'm trying to understand why it is not quite a great film. I think it may be because it deprives me of some stubborn need for closure.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Depp's rogue charm saves this ponderous shoot 'em up.

3.0
0
Newshub

Newshub

press

A classy crime thriller, and a worthy big screen watch.

4.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Simultaneously an art film and a crime film, Mann's latest work may not give you a ton to hang on to emotionally, but the beauty and skill of the filmmaking keep you tightly in its grasp.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The film lacks the juice promised by the teaming of such extraordinary filmmakers with a cast as large as a Hooverville encampment.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Intelligent and challenging: Mann's crime epic could take two viewings to fully absorb, but it's worth every devoted minute.

5.0
0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

I wish Mann would drop his experiment with digital cameras. This film would have looked a lot better in 35mm film, and 20 minutes or so could have been left on the editor's floor without losing any of the story, but Public Enemies is still a fine film, probably the year's best crime flick to date.

0

I struggle to understand why someone considered this story to be worth telling. There was very little by the way of intrigue or tension. None of the characters - though well acted - appealed to the audience or were seen to develop in any way throughout the film. Too slow and lacking in motivation; I fidgeted in my seat waiting for this film to develop a...

2.0
0

One of the best ganster movies ever made . The charm the charisma , brutality all depicted so delictely even with the sound reincrnating the 1930 era , thanks to Miachel Mann . Jonny is brilliant neverthless is Bale and Marion Slow but even with a lenghty play will keep u glued to the screen with such a blanced narration . If u havent seen it yet don't...

5.0
0

but worth it. All the bits of the story fit and see it on a big screen. A great rivalry between the state and a bank robber. All of them were nasty but some more charismatic than others

5.0
0

Thought this film was very stylish on screen with Michael Mann doing brilliant job of recreating the great depression era on screen. If you check out photos of the real John Dillinger the scary thing is how similar he actually looks to Johnny Depp, who does not dissapoint at all IMO. Go see it somewhere comfortable, as it is quite long, but needs to be...

5.0
0

I thought this was Michael Mann back to his best. The way the film is shot is great and very deliberate. Johnny Depp is a perfect casting for this role, being the charasmatic bad boy. I also that Christian Bale did a great job as Melvin Purvis and of course Marion Collitard as Billie. It was your thinking man's action movie.

4.0
0

AWESOME. Cannot Wait!

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