Picks and Pans Review: Enemy at the Gates

updated 04/02/2001 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/02/2001 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Jude Law, Ed Harris, Rachel Weisz

A partially fact-based drama about a Russian sniper (Law) facing off against his German counterpart (Harris) during the siege of Stalingrad in World War II, Enemy offers the pleasures of a tale tautly told and intense performances by its two talented stars. Things crackle when these two soldiers play their deadly games of cat and mouse; they sag woefully in scenes featuring a cloyingly romantic subplot that serves only as filler between the snipers' duels. (R)

Bottom Line: Watchable, but no Saving Private Ryan

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