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Based on 33 Reviews
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  • 80
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

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

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    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. show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    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. show more

  • 20
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    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. show more

  • 50
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    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. show more

  • 88
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    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. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    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. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Enemy at the Gates, is no "Saving Private Ryan" - but thrilling, bravura stretches make it consistently entertaining, if less than profound, filmmaking. show more

  • 75
    Michael Sragow Baltimore Sun

    Keeps its eye on the big picture even when focusing on the small scene. show more

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