Public Enemies
Public Enemies (2009)

Based on author Bryan Burrough's ambitious tome Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-43, director Michael Mann's sprawling historical crime drama follows the efforts of top FBI agent… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 1, 2009
DVD Release Date: December 8, 2009
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Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Michael Mann's latest is a competent and technically impressive gangster flick with charismatic lead performances, but some may find the film lacks truly compelling drama.

Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies

I do think this is a film worth seeing, so obviously, I say see it.

Trevor Johnston
Time Out

It's a fascinating moment in history, and Mann captures the cars, the guns and the buildings with painstaking, immersive authenticity.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

... it was entertaining, but quite long.

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Ben Lyons
At the Movies

Some strong performances, but I expected more from this great director and stellar cast.

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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/

Even the bank jobs and prison breaks feel perfunctory and enervated.

Joanna Hunkin
New Zealand Herald

Only Depp prevents the film sinking beneath its own weight. His performance is so stunning, the rest of the big-name cast is almost wasted as he absorbs the audience's full attention.

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Christopher Orr
The New Republic

If John Dillinger had not existed... Michael Mann would have had to invent him.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

It tills the old ground, albeit with new-style star power and Mann's signature cinematic flourishes. But Depp is unduly subdued and Mann's cape work is oversold.

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Ray Pride

The reflection of pink neon off the crimson silk of a lawman's tie as he stands in wait under the Biograph marquee; a patch of sodium-vapor orange city sky above a bridge as magnetic and floating as a square in a Rothko canvas...

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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Great cast, great action. Excellent gangster movie took me back to the Untouchables. One of my all time favorites ..
Graham Jones
Solid direction by Mann and a great performance from Depp, towards the end it really gets good.
xGary Xx
Public Enemies is the story of infamous depression era bank robber John Dillinger who became a kind of mythic Robin Hood style figure in the eyes of the poverty… More
Kevin M. Williams
Michael Mann's production is pure Hollywood, a monument to the myth of Dillinger, using facts as long as they stay out of the way of the fun. Why rob… More
Eric Alvarez
Nice to finally see Johnny Depp not in a weird/cooky role. The film had a lot of action and a great story even though it was pretty lengthy. The fact that… More
Albert Kim
I watched this movie at a midnight showing. I was extremely excited for this movie. It all seemed great: Michael Mann, the director of Heat is directing this… More