It's vulgar, violent, funny and sometimes breathtakingly beautiful.
Vincent Canby - New York Times
...an entertaining but incongruous mix of class and pulp.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
...only marginally entertaining.
Hal Hinson - Washington Post
...it does not have a great script, great performances or great direction.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
The results are watchable enough, with a particularly adept use of Sean Connery, Chicago locations, and period details.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
The Untouchables is a beautifully crafted portrait of Prohibition-era Chicago.
Dean Essner - Variety
An unqualified triumph.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
...a consistently watchable yet sporadically captivating piece of work that is, unfortunately, starting to show its age...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
A perfectly adequate Hollywood movie, even classy and entertaining at times, but, despite De Palma's brilliant set piece which reworks the Odessa steps sequence from Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin, this is disappointing stuff.
Dean Essner - Film4
The film mostly revels in nostalgia and feels numb.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
De Palma's masterpiece is an exhilarating, moving and larger-than-life cops vs. crooks epic. Connery and De Niro steal the show in charismatic supporting turns. The best film of 1987.
Chuck O'Leary - FulvueDrive-in.com
The narrative thunders to its conclusion like a locomotive.
Dean Essner - Time Out
John Esther - Pasadena Weekly
Ryan Cracknell - Movie Views
De Palma's stylish crime-gangster tale is extremely enjoybale in large measure due to the set-pieces and homages to Sergio Leone and Eisenstein, but also to Sean Connery's great performance for which he deservedly won the Supporting Actor Oscar.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
De Palma, Mamet, De Niro, Connery ... what's not to like?
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
A true crime classic film; DePalma's best.
Steve Crum - Kansas City Kansan
It's one of the all-time great gangster flicks, a gorgeously realized production that places archetypal heroes and villains in the service of a rip-roaring storyline.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Steeped in De Palma's glorious violence and sinuous cinematography, but stripped of his tricky sensuality and his anarchic self-reflective wit.
Eric Henderson - Slant Magazine
Superb performances, exquisite direction and that Ennio Morricone score create an authentic 1920s Chicago feel and a hugely entertaining crime drama.
Ian Nathan - Empire Magazine
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
The pacing is lethargic as the director seems to treat this saga of law and order with mock seriousness.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
a magnificent movie about political clout -- a worthy subject that Hollywood's rarely bothered to tackle and usually gets wrong
Mark Athitakis - Filmcritic.com
Costner's lack of charisma, Connery's arrogance, and De Palma's disinterest in his material add up to a pretty lame couple of hours.
Nick Davis - Nick's Flick Picks
Too campy for its topic matter...Costner is typically dull as a 75 year-old unsharpened sword.
Gabe Leibowitz - eCinemaCenter.com
Randy Shulman - Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Great gangster movie
Fred Topel - About.com
A slam-bang gangster saga with bravura direction by Brian De Palma, a witty David Mamet script and superb acting.
Dean Essner - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Brian J. Arthurs - Beach Reporter (Southern California)
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
One of De Palma's best. Great period gangster film. Connery and De Niro fantastic.
Brian Mckay - eFilmCritic.com
The end result can easily pass as mindless mainstream entertainment, but make no mistake: The Untouchables is one of De Palma's most trenchant statements about the state of America.
Jeremy Heilman - MovieMartyr.com
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Another dePalma triumph of style over substance, climaxed by a great homage to Eisenstein
Dan Jardine - All Movie Guide
Few old TV shows have been brought to the big screen with such elan as Brian De Palma's majestic adaptation of the 60s small screen classic The Untouchables.
Neil Smith - BBC
an exciting piece of pulp action that plays fast and loose with the historical facts
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
The action is great fun, the tension equally enjoyable and the overall experience worthwhile, despite the fact that the good guy is about 100 times less interesting than the bad guy.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
Connery dwarfs his fellow actors, making us forget even De Niro.
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
A big film, an exciting film, and it will likely be the big film of the summer.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
[A] satisfying period thriller.
Dragan Antulov - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Kevin Costner is at his best here as crime-fighter Eliot Ness in this David Mamet-authored film audaciously directed by De Palma.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com