Enemy at the Gates
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A turning point in 20th century war history is the focus of this fact-based account of the 1942-1943 battle of Stalingrad, in which the Germans were finally defeated by Russian influence -- one of the bloodiest battles in World War II history. The film stars Jude Law as Vassili, a marksman from the Urals who is transported to Stalingrad in 1942, and a master German sniper, Major Koenig (Ed Harris). Koenig, an expert German sniper, is determined to eliminate his formidable opponent by any means necessary; meanwhile, Vassili has joined forces with Danilov (Joseph Fiennes), a young Russian… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 54%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There's never much risk of reality intruding--just a lot of histrionic James Horner music nd plenty of designer stubble on the soldiers' faces."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Hackneyed material."
‑ Amy Taubin, Village Voice
"more character development and depth would vastly improve this"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"While it does have some solid moments of action, the film as a whole is laughable."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"Flatulent hero-worship of a man played by a tired-looking actor who deserves funkier roles."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Set-pieces get you so far (and Annaud delights in blowing this set to pieces), but the script's shortcomings aren't camouflaged by the decision to adopt Home Counties' accents as the film's lingua franca."
‑ , Time Out
"Any flaws in execution pale against those moments when the film brings history to vital life."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Tense and violent WWII movie."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Enemy at the Gates won't find too many friends at the box office -- fans of war movies (and of Jude Law) will appreciate it, but there isn't much for everyone else in this mid-March downer."
‑ , Hollywood.com
"Annaud shows a real knack for suspense here, enough to make me hope he will do more action-adventure in the future."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"It's as if an obsessed movie nut had decided to collect every bad war-movie convention on one computer and program it to spit out a script."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"The story hits and misses for more than two hours following its opening artillery bloodbath."
‑ Mike Clark, USA Today
"it could have held back on the parts featuring boredom because they did tend to drag the suspense down a bit"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"There's a decent movie buried in here somewhere, but the lousy love triangle and ultimate lack of focus make this WWII drama a bit hard to take."
‑ Bob Grimm, Sacramento News & Review
"If only ambition was the bar at which to measure the quality of motion pictures, Enemy at the Gates could sit atop the best of the year."
‑ Jordan Hiller, Bangitout.com
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