The Untouchables
The Untouchables (1987)

Like the TV series that shared the same title, The Untouchables (1987) was an account of the battle between gangster Al Capone and lawman Eliot Ness, this time in the form of a feature film boasting big stars, a big budget, and a script… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 16, 2001
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Slick on the surface but loaded with artful touches, Brian DePalma's classical gangster thriller is a sharp look at period Chicago crime, featuring excellent performances from a top-notch cast.

Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

A deeply satisfying and entertaining Prohibition gang-buster directed with a Tommy gun's rat-tat-tat.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

It's an action film without much personality or drive and without enough imaginative detail to make the action gripping or meaningful.

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Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files

The best cop/mob movie remains decidedly untouchable.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

The Untouchables could be the breakthrough movie for Kevin Costner, a folksy, Gary Cooperish actor who holds center stage as Eliot Ness.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

It goes to that place that all films aspiring to greatness must attain: the country of myth, where all the figures must be larger and more vivid than life.

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Ben Yagoda
Philadelphia Daily News

De Palma does superb job with the action sequences, which are choreographed, paced and acted out so well that they don't leave a palm dry in the house.

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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

Where, under his stainless-steel incorruptibility, was Ness' gnawing flaw? To Mamet and De Palma, goodness and dullness seem inseparable.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The results are watchable enough, with a particularly adept use of Sean Connery, Chicago locations, and period details.

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Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Brian De Palma's version blends style, violence and a host of fine character portrayals into a rousing, point-blank period film.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
One of the best gangster movies made.
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Spencer S.
Though there are certain historical liberties taken with the story of the Untouchables taking down Al Capone, this film is completely forgiven. It's a… More
Kase Vollebregt
Brian De Palma's 'The Untouchables' is violent and visceral, with a combination of potent storytelling and good acting. Connery and De Niro are… More
Chris Weber
Written by David Mamet and directed by Brian De Palma, this is a flashy retelling of Eliot Ness and his quest to bring down Al Capone on the mean streets of… More
Melvin White
Capone: You can get further with a kind word and a gun than you can with just a kind word. "Never stop fighting till the fight is done" The… More

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