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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Bill Cosford
    Jun 10, 2014
    100
    This is a big, beautifully designed movie in which the filmmakers' intelligence is everywhere; it's the product of a special vision. And Brian De Palma continues to be good news from Hollywood. [3 June 1987, p.D1]
  2. Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    Jun 4, 2014
    100
    The Untouchables is a beautifully crafted portrait of Prohibition-era Chicago.
  3. Reviewed by: Vincent Canby
    Jun 4, 2014
    100
    Hollywood's latest big-budget, high-concept, mass-market reworking of material not entirely fresh, has more endings than Beethoven's Fifth, but it's also packed with surprises, not the least being that it's a smashing work. It's vulgar, violent, funny and sometimes breathtakingly beautiful.
  4. Reviewed by: Jay Boyar
    Jun 4, 2014
    75
    One triumph of The Untouchables is the way its operatic style accommodates larger-than-life performances.
  5. De Palma's visual acuity tends to blur into mere gimmickry without the benefit of a resonant script. He got one in Carrie and another in Blow Out. Here, Mamet makes do with a text that is always shrewd but never intelligent. Still, when shwrewdness meets style, smoothing the curves and polishing the twists, the ride becomes a bonafide crowd-pleaser. The Untouchables is the cheering people's happy choice. [4 June 1987]
  6. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jun 4, 2014
    63
    De Palma's Untouchables, like the TV series that inspired it, depends more on cliches than on artistic invention.
  7. Reviewed by: Sheila Benson
    Jun 4, 2014
    50
    It's strange that in this somber inspection of moral fiber and what causes it to fray, De Palma couldn't have made his hero at least as interesting as his villain, and both of them at least as complicated as they were in life.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jul 9, 2014
    10
    The Untouchables is a magnificent crime drama. The story is interesting, the action is incredible and the
    cast couldn't be more talented.
    The Untouchables is a magnificent crime drama. The story is interesting, the action is incredible and the
    cast couldn't be more talented. Untouchables is a flawless crime drama with spectacular action
    and classic performances from the whole cast, A+.
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  2. Jul 6, 2014
    6
    While featuring strong performances from Connery, Costner, and De Niro, The Untouchables suffers from an inconsistent pace and tone, slowWhile featuring strong performances from Connery, Costner, and De Niro, The Untouchables suffers from an inconsistent pace and tone, slow buildup, and Hollywood clich├ęs. Every scene in this movie is dragged out and beaten to death. Expand

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