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Generally favorable reviews- based on 51 Ratings

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  • Summary: A successful lawyer finds himself the target of a treacherous NSA official and his goons after receiving evidence about a politically motivated murder.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    88
    The picture is solidly crafted, performed to the hilt and full of humor.
  2. An enormously entertaining visit to planet paranoia, but its escapist pleasures titillate only in direct proportion to the degree of persecution complex that you bring into the theater with you.
  3. A solid and satisfying commercial venture with more than enough pizazz to overcome occasional lapses in moment-to-moment plausibility.
  4. Reviewed by: Emanuel Levy
    70
    Sporadically entertaining, though it lacks the kind of political urgency and emotional resonance so crucial to many similarly themed '70s movies.
  5. 70
    Enemy of the State isn't really a smart film, but it makes a concerted stab at pretending to be one.
  6. 60
    Tony Scott's thriller is flashy, but it's not dead stupid and it's never dull.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. G-RadA.
    Sep 6, 2007
    10
    Truly a Jerry Bruckheimer masterpiece.
  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, Tony Scott's best film. It is an action thriller that grabs and holds your gut from beginning to end and never lets go. Expand
  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 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. Expand
  4. Aug 26, 2012
    8
    Quite an enthralling and captivating film. It does take a bit of time to get going but once it does it keeps the pace pretty well until the end. If I have one criticism, it Expand
  5. Jul 24, 2014
    7
    The late Tony Scott's Enemy Of The State reminds me a lot about of 70s movies like The
    Conversation. Smith and Hackman are great for
    eachother as the leads. Expand
  6. 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. Expand
  7. JaredC.
    Aug 14, 2007
    0
    The violence is top notch, the language and dialogue is perfect, the story is great, but the engagement is nothing, I had a blank brain of interest for this film. Expand

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