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  • Summary: While the Nazi and Russian armies hurl rank after rank of soldiers at each other and the world fearfully awaits the outcome of the battle of Stalingrad, the celebrated Russian sniper, Vassili Zaitsev (Law) quietly stalks his enemies one man at a time. His fame, however, soon thrusts him into a duel with the Nazi's best sharpshooter, Major Konig (Harris), and the two find themselves waging an intense personal war while the most momentous battle of the age rages around them. (Paramount Pictures) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 33
  2. Negative: 5 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Gemma Files
    90
    Though issues of politics and philosophy are touched upon, this is a film about the people inside the uniforms -- a story of human beings under pressure, forced by circumstance to make choices both impulsive and, on occasion, heroic. It's also the new year's single most satisfying movie experience thus far.
  2. 80
    Any flaws in execution pale against those moments when the film brings history to vital life.
  3. 75
    Keeps its eye on the big picture even when focusing on the small scene.
  4. As long as you focus on the central sniper-versus-sniper story -- and not the dreadful mishmash of jarring accents or the film's unconvincing romantic subplot or any of the personal relationships -- you'll enjoy it.
  5. 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.
  6. The love story, not to mention plot holes large enough to swallow entire platoons, so bogs down the story that whatever tension the Vassili-Konig confrontation creates disappears every time Weisz appears on-screen; she tears apart comrades--and the movie.
  7. 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 24
  2. Negative: 3 out of 24
  1. LeonardoA
    Jan 14, 2008
    10
    The mivie presents a interesting history, about courage a sacrifice. Virtually the most bloody battle of WW2, even now, after 60 years from the battle, the scars of war still remain in the citizen of it.Thanks to the Russian propaganda, the Germans called their best sharpshooter, Major Konig, especially to kill Zaitsev. In the middle of the film, becames evident that the battle is not only in the city, but there's a fierce internal battle between Zaitsev and his fella Danilov (Fiennes), that have a special feeling for Tania (Weisz) and in a major moment starts to write lies about Zaitsev, and in the final sacrifices his own life to reveal the position of the german sniper, so Vassili can finnaly kill him. It is a interesting film that opens the people's eyes to they see how bad, bloody and terrible a war can be.You feel a little suspense during the film, because you don't know where can a soldier be and shoot you to death. Expand
  2. Jul 30, 2012
    10
    A great WWII movie. Loads of action and splendid acting. If you love snipers and WWII, this is the movie for you. Some romance scenes in it aswell, well made movie. Expand
  3. Mar 3, 2013
    10
    I’ll be In the studio with Nebs and yep we pop anything Xanax and endone and some cough medicine Nah, you're not getting them hyped, from offsettin' my mic I'm what excellence defines to be better described. Kerser, I'm your boyfriend's favorite But then they get the cos their girlfriend’s play it People love me yeah, only hated by a whack bunch Probably cause my crew jacked their and left em smacked up. Don't hate the player, they say hate the game; You’re why I hate aussie rap so you can take the blame I see coppers and I laugh cause you're not my equal I'm sellin CDs and yeah this ****'s legal. This is easy, gang gutter rap Spoken from a street view so you can't with that I want something back I'm charging with interest Don’t say what to me, it's beg your pardon you ****


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  4. Aug 2, 2011
    7
    I had an opportunity to watch Enemy at the Gate last night which I had never seen and found it to be an enjoyable war movie. It was bold and daring to create and an English film totally set in Russia and not to feature any Americans which does give the movie some originality from the bucket loads of American hero themed WW2 movies out there. The gritty visual style, props, and costumes are also very impressive and believable. There are also some good war and battle scenes, some of which have gone on to influence popular shooter video games like Call of Duty. Some of the characters are interesting however the love story becomes silly and feels a little unsuited to the movie, I can see the intention to bring some warmth into the gloom and doom of depressing Russia but it didnt work. Some of the accents also feel out of place but the movies core strength is the cat and mouse hunting of its 2 leads which is entertaining and enjoyable. Not a perfect movie due to its silly mishandled love story but recommended. Expand
  5. Dec 1, 2012
    6
    "Enemy at the Gates" is a decently engrossing, suspenseful war film centered around a historical duel that took place between a Russian and German sniper. Rachel Weisz is a nice surprise to see here, and adds some healthy romantic interest, and the rest of the lead cast puts forth good performances. The most interesting part of the movie is the story it's based on and the dueling scenes, beyond that you can expect some fairly standard war film fodder. Certainly not a bad movie by any means, so check it out if you're a war buff. Expand
  6. Nov 14, 2012
    6
    The unnecessary and platitudinous love story is a major drag, but there are more than enough suspenseful and thrilling scenes to keep the movie going smoothly. Expand
  7. ErraticCommunist
    Jan 11, 2008
    0
    Hands down the worst movie ever. It's absolutely ahistorical waste of time filled with anti-russian propaganda. Vasily Zaitsev most likely rolled over in his grave after this crap was released. Expand

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