Michael Mann's movie about John Dillinger is handsomely designed and the shootouts are excitingly staged, but the film seems soulless in comparison with another true-crime story set during the Depression, Arthur Penn's "Bonnie and Clyde," from a canny script by Robert Benton and David Newman. "Public Enemies" is probably more factually accurate than "Bonnie and Clyde," but it's a lot less emotionally resonant. The earlier film draws its charge from a startling mixture of comedy, action and searing drama, and it boasts characterizations much more richly nuanced than the elegantly costumed stick figures in "Public Enemies."
Universal / Warner Bros.
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