Public Enemies

142 mins
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Michael Mann's (Heat, Miami Vice) gangster flick with Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Billy Crudup and Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard (La Vie... More

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Public Enemies | Ratings & Reviews

"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."


"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."

Total FilmTotal Film

"A grave and beautiful work of art."

The New York TimesThe New York Times

"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."

Roger EbertRoger Ebert

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

New Zealand HeraldNew Zealand Herald

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


"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."

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times

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

Hollywood ReporterHollywood Reporter

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

Empire MagazineEmpire Magazine

"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."

Dominion PostDominion Post

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