Enemy of the State
Enemy of the State (1998)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 20, 1998
DVD Release Date: June 15, 1999
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An entertaining, topical thriller that finds director Tony Scott on solid form and Will Smith confirming his action headliner status.

Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

[Its] spirited action is balanced by an almost contemplative attitude toward surveillance phobias and the movie cliches they've spawned.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Hard to sit through.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

As a simple thriller that wants only to excite and intensify, it's one of the better ones that the late '90s produced.

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Time Out

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.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

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.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Decent thriller; not suitable for kids.

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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle

Since Scott could not make this film snap, crackle or pop faster or more loudly, you might find the evening a bit light.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

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.

Richard Luck

A highly enjoyable hi-tech thriller.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
As far as action are concerned, Enemy of the State is pure mindless popcorn flick from start to finish. The film has flaws, but it makes up for it with exciting… More
Candy Rose
Will and Gene are excellent in this movie. Will's character's life is turned upside down when he is left with a video tape of a congressman's… More
Nicki Marie
Not my idea of an enthralling movie, but okay for it's genre, I guess. I was too bored to tell for certain.
Dead Angel
This was awe-freaking-some I tell you. I love Will Smith's movie. They are always entertaining. Even though this was a serious kind but I enjoyed every… More
Jens S.
High adrenaline paranoia thriller making great use of the technological potential of the big brother state. While it slowly sets up Will Smith as the innocent… More
Chris Weber
Mostly solid (but not perfect) paranoid thriller from Tony Scott. Even though it's got some issues, this is one of his better movies (of the ones of his… More