Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
Watch On
  1. 60
    Tony Scott's thriller is flashy, but it's not dead stupid and it's never dull.
  2. 60
    The movie goes like the wind, but it's more a technological exercise than anything else.
  3. 60
    The dazzle doesn't make up, however, for the movie's lack of depth.
  4. Reviewed by: Ron Wells
    50
    The strong parts are the rip-offs of "The Conversation." The worst part is the lack of understandable character motivations.
  5. A frustrating film that feels cobbled together.
  6. To say Enemy of the State is senseless is an understatement. This is a movie where logic is the enemy.
  7. The movie has plenty of high-tech power, spinning out action so explosive you'll hardly notice how preposterous the story is or how cardboard-thin the characters are.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 108 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Nov 14, 2014
    10
    If there is one of Tony Scott's films I would 10 star, this is it. Of course his repertoire is stellar. Enemy of the State is perhaps one ofIf there is one of Tony Scott's films I would 10 star, this is it. Of course his repertoire is stellar. Enemy of the State is perhaps one of the most divulging films of the secretive spying State to have hit our consciousness. Yet 16 years later we seem as a whole to care less about their intrusion into our lives as we did then in our ignorance.
    Of course Snowden revealed so much of what Scott divulges in this mega paced, brilliant masterpiece. It is thus easy to understand his so called suicide during the making of another expose film might just have been taken from this film's storyline.
    Today we are beset with even greater evils as they crawl out from under the shadows, however I recommend this film to everyone as it never loses its shine no matter how many times one watches it. To students of the game, it is essential viewing.
    God rest your beautiful soul Tony and may your delivery of truths behind the veil at least help waken up generations to their self made prisons and release the desire left to us at the end of this film. We need it more than ever...
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  2. Jun 16, 2014
    10
    Runaway films have been mesmerizing movie goers for years, but this film right here is the king of all runaway films. This is, by far, TonyRunaway films have been mesmerizing movie goers for years, but this film right here is the king of all runaway films. This is, by far, Tony Scott's best film. It is an action thriller that grabs and holds your gut from beginning to end and never lets go. Full Review »
  3. Jan 26, 2011
    9
    At times I felt like Smith was trying to be Denzel, but one I got past that Enemy of the State is one heck of a good thriller. I love SmithAt times I felt like Smith was trying to be Denzel, but one I got past that Enemy of the State is one heck of a good thriller. I love Smith but am so used to seeing Denzel doing a Scott movie that it felt like this movie was more meant for him and had a hard time giving Will a chance. Yet I pushed forward and after about 10 minutes began to enjoy the comedic aspects that Smith brought to the screen (something Zel wouldn't have brought). The plot and the movie move along at a blistering pace but still allow for character growth which makes Enemy of the State a true classic in the thriller genre. Full Review »