Enemy of the State
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The action producing-directing team of Jerry Bruckheimer and Tony Scott is back with another thrill-a-minute ride called Enemy of the State. Taking its "innocent man accidentally caught up in political corruption" story from such films as Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation, Alfred Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much, and Sydney Pollack's Three Days of the Condor, they turn up the high-tech volume in an attempt to create the ultimate action film. Robert Clayton Dean, played by Will Smith, is a devoted father, husband, and attorney shopping for a sexy gift for his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

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"[Its] spirited action is balanced by an almost contemplative attitude toward surveillance phobias and the movie cliches they've spawned."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"Hard to sit through."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"As a simple thriller that wants only to excite and intensify, it's one of the better ones that the late '90s produced."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Distinctly uneven but generally entertaining..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"It's got some great action moments, just enough energy to jolt you through the exposition deliveries, and a ridiculously colorful cast to keep your eyeballs busy."
‑ Scott Weinberg, DVDTalk.com
"Add Smith's lippy innocent and a host of subcontracted indie fresh faces, and you have the Bruckheimer formula: loud, lavish, seemingly efficient; over-large, over-long, over-plotted. Safe and sorry."
‑ , Time Out
"From there, with the mystery entirely gone and the thrills fading fast, the rest is pretty much a two-hour chase sequence, culminating in a hilariously maladroit shoot-out."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Decent thriller; not suitable for kids."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"If you want to believe in the dark side of government, we are already past the predictions of Enemy of the State."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Who'd have thought I'd miss the subtle touch of the late Don Simpson?"
‑ Ron Wells, Film Threat
"Since Scott could not make this film snap, crackle or pop faster or more loudly, you might find the evening a bit light."
‑ Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle
"What do you say about a movie that sends you home in a frenzy to search for bugs? In the new age of Big Brother, that's entertainment."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"A highly enjoyable hi-tech thriller."
‑ Richard Luck, Film4
"...it's the action, not the acting, that is the key to the movie's success, and that's where it excels with its constant momentum."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"O roteiro bem construído e a direção enérgica de Scott conferem tensão ao filme, que também faz uma série de bem-vindas alusões a A Conversação."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
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