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8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 106 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 1 out of 106
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  1. PatC.
    Jan 7, 2004
    5
    Watchable and forgettable. I sat mesmerized. What was it about?
  2. RickJ.G.
    May 18, 2003
    5
    A flick for the paranoid conspiracy crowd, no doubt. Actually, this movie was my first exposure to the NSA. The movie is a non-stop chase, and it never takes a time out to allow the viewer to get to know the characters. Too bad they couldn't think of a better way to end it than a predictable, lame brain shoutout scene. The ending detracts from the movie more than any other scene.
  3. May 21, 2012
    6
    Enemy of the State is a mostly harmless chase thriller with one or two great scenes (NSA goes Italian!). The movie is solid throughout but is ultimately unmemorable. Not the strongest of Tony Scott efforts but it's certainly worth watching at least once.
Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. 70
    The social criticism is as unforced as the humor (and the references to "The Conversation") in this 1998 conspiracy thriller, whose spirited action is balanced by an almost contemplative attitude toward surveillance phobias and the movie cliches they've spawned.
  2. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    88
    The picture is solidly crafted, performed to the hilt and full of humor.