Public Enemies Synopsis
G-man Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale) vows to nab notorious criminal John Dillinger (Johnny Depp).
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Public Enemies comes at you like Dillinger did: all of a sudden. It's movie dynamite.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This is a very good film, with Depp and Bale performances of brutal clarity. I'm trying to understand why it is not quite a great film. I...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
If Public Enemies lacks anything, it's something audiences can't legitimately expect to find: a certain EXTRA something.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
A welcome adult alternative to summer's sophomoric blockbusters. The only transforming going on here is actors skillfully taking on roles...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Marvelously detailed and meticulously crafted, an elegant evocation of Depression-era America and its fascination with crime. What the...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
As filmmaker Michael Mann takes pains to emphasize in his handsome, underheated gangster drama Public Enemies, the gent may have been...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Ultimately, the movie's a bust.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
You see the spark of 'this is cool!,' but you don't sense a purpose. The underconceived Public Enemies suffers from that lack of drive,...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The parts, in other words, promise a brilliant whole. So why is this movie one of the signal disappointments of the year? You have to go...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
The film lacks the juice promised by the teaming of such extraordinary filmmakers with a cast as large as a Hooverville encampment.
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PUBLIC ENEMIES - a crime of a movie. Rating: 84 out of 100 (Based on advance press preview)

I recently attended the advance press preview of this OVERLY LONG BLOATED 143-min movie starring Johnny Depp, Christian Bale and Marion Cotillard. Michael Mann's directing was too constrictively...

Johnny Deep

By Zimmerman91
public enemies is going to be without a doubt one of johnny deeps best movies what movie that johnny deeps in that is great. Plus u got Christian Bale in it as well that right there is more then...

Worst Michael Mann film I've ever seen... don't waste your money or time

By matt_fresh
Huge disappointment for a huge Michael Mann fan. I was very excited to see this movie based on the story, great cast, and director but what a dud. The plot has hardly any development throughout...

What the hell happened?

By ashjean
I was soooo excited to see this movie. I love biography type films and it had 2 of my favorite actors in it so of course I was going to see it. The theatre was pretty full on opening day, but it...

Johnny Depp . . . ENOUGH SAID.

By JohnnyDeppFanFOREVER
I absolutly cannot wait to see this movie! I got to go to the Public Enemies Premiere in Los Angeles and had the AMAZING oppertunity to get to talk to Johnny. He is one of the most kind-hearted,...

Should have been better

By RandytheMovieFan
Johnny Depp is great, the recreation of the 1930s is eye-catching and there is plenty of suspense and violence with very loud gunfire, so why didn't I like this movie more? It's a bit plodding at...

perfect balance

By kuroiryu
This movie was the perfect balance between action and violence, and humor and emotion. While it was mainly violence, there were sprinklings of humor and emotion throughout that drew me in and kept it...


By Moneytimetycoon
This movie Sucked! dont be fooled by the great editing of the trailers. Too long, too slow, too sucked!...


By fntmofthemovies1410
Ok. I know a lot of JD fans are going to hate me for this, but it was a terrible terrible movie. The acting was amazing, don't get me wrong! JD and Bale were excellent! And the script was very well...

The biggest let-down ever

By JadedRaine
Johnny Depp and Christian Bale are two of my favorite actors, i was so read to go see this movie. From the looks of the previews it was going to be action and drama, and keep me on my seat ready for...

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Rated R | For gangster violence and some language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Depp scores as Depression-era robber, but lots of violence.
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