Public Enemies

Public Enemies

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.

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Public Enemies / Reviews

Variety

Variety

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

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.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

A grave and beautiful work of art.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

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

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

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Newshub

Newshub

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

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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

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

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

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Dominion Post

Dominion Post

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.

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