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Video-Reviewmaster.com

March 02, 2008

Top notch Cagney gangster flick with memorable final scene.
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Empire Magazine
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October 30, 2007

Still a classic of the gangster genre, showing neither glorifying the life nor pulling its punches.
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Chicago Reader
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January 01, 2000

James Cagney's portrayal of a bootlegging runt is truly electrifying (he'd made five films, but this one made him a star), and Jean Harlow makes the tartiest tart imaginable.
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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

February 20, 2006

The implication is that there are hundreds, maybe thousands of guys like Tom Powers, little criminals living fast and dying hard.
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EmanuelLevy.Com
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August 12, 2011

This early sound film, which made a star of James Cagney, remains one of the most influential crime-gangster films ever made, establishing the basic narrative format of the popular genre.
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Time Out
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February 09, 2006

Cagney's energy and Wellman's gutsy direction carry the day, counteracting the moralistic sentimentality of the script and indelibly etching the star on the memory as a definitive gangster hero.
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LarsenOnFilm

July 05, 2009

Crime may not pay, but The Public Enemy was one of the first pictures to recognize that it sure can be exciting to watch.
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ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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January 14, 2016

In spite of woodenness, creakiness in plot, and unintentional humor in printed piety, ' The Public Enemy,' a film of its time, was a sensation at that time, and is still not to be missed today.
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Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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December 15, 2007

The film's juiciest scene has the misogynist Tom squeeze a half a grapefruit in his nagging girlfriend Kitty's (Mae Clarke) kisser.
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Arizona Daily Star
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January 20, 2006

The film set the template for the likes of "Scarface" and "GoodFellas."
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Variety
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October 30, 2007

There's no lace on this picture. It's raw and brutal. It's low-brow material given such workmanship as to make it high-brow.
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DVDJournal.com
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April 09, 2006

Its success proved, if by then there was any doubt, that audiences will go for a charismatic lowlife over a dull hero any day of the week, a lesson Hollywood never forgot.
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