Enemy at the Gates
Enemy at the Gates (2001)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: March 16, 2001
DVD Release Date: August 14, 2001
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Critic Score: 54% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Atmospheric and thrilling, Enemy at the Gates gets the look and feel of war right. However, the love story seems out of place.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Amy Taubin
Village Voice

Hackneyed material.

John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

more character development and depth would vastly improve this

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Time Out

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.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Any flaws in execution pale against those moments when the film brings history to vital life.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Tense and violent WWII movie.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

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.

Mike Clark
USA Today

The story hits and misses for more than two hours following its opening artillery bloodbath.

Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

it could have held back on the parts featuring boredom because they did tend to drag the suspense down a bit

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Well acted but grim, violent and depressing.
Daniel Perry
An almost-too-thorough account of dueling snipers during the Battle of Stalingrad, Enemy at the Gates is a little on the plodding side by times, and the love… More
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Lewis C.
Enemy at the Gates is a brutal World War II movie about the Battle for Stalingrad, made personal by the deadly duel between a Russian (Jude Law) and German (Ed… More
Phil Hubbs
I was unaware that this film was based loosely on real soldiers, I had an idea it was close to reality but didn't realise the main characters were real,… More
xGary Xx
When a young Russian soldier is held up as a heroic example to the besieged citizens of Stalingrad during WWII, the Nazis send their top marksman to kill him… More