88

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
The sniper's life is a lonely one, full of shallow breathing and delayed gratification. Solitary as it is, Jude Law manages to get a little action in the bunkers of wartime Stalingrad in the ambitious but sometimes inadvertently silly Enemy at the Gates.
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80

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Any flaws in execution pale against those moments when the film brings history to vital life.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
A physically gorgeous production with a strong, clear conflict at its center. It's grueling but also exhilarating. Perhaps its ambitiousness is the film's biggest problem. Trying for dramatic sensitivity, historical scope, touching romance and shocking violence and suspense, it gets stretched too thin.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It's remarkable, a war story told as a chess game where the loser not only dies, but goes by necessity to an unmarked grave.
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63

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Annaud's epic might have worked better dramatically as a smaller, more focused picture. The best scenes simply involve Law and Harris playing sneaky professional games (less cat-and-mouse than cat-and-cat) with each other.
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63

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
It's too circumscribed and polite for the story it's telling, curiously deficient in the unexpected.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The one valuable prize for audiences in this war pic Cracker Jack box is Jude Law. Once again the talented Mr. Law makes more of a role than most movies know what to do with.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
War is hell, war is cruelty, war is toil and trouble, war is just a shot away. But is war a snooze? Well, by the time Enemy at the Gates has run its course — it sure seems that way.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
At times, the sight of reserved English actors slapping, hugging and acting all Russian looks bizarre, though one casting choice is prime: Bob Hoskins has the ideal air of impish menace in the featured role of Khrushchev.
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20

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Most of the prime goofiness is given over to Vassili and Konig sharpshooting at each other while the battle rages. The movie's a red elephant.
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53 out of 100
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