General Information

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Released Year: 2019
Runtime: 122 minutes
Genre: Drama
Directors: Emilio Estevez
Writers: Emilio Estevez
Casts: Christian Slater, Jena Malone, Alec Baldwin, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jeffrey Wright, Jacob Vargas, Gabrielle Union, Richard T. Jones, Spencer Garrett, Emilio Estevez, Taylor Schilling, Brian Gallagher, Ming Wang
IMDB: The Public (2019)

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User Rating:
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IMDB Rating: 6.5


The Film Stage - Jared Mobarak
Estevez isn’t afraid to swing for the fences and elicit some tears from empathetic audience members, but he’s also willing to stop himself short of full-on exploitation via senseless violence. That’s what makes The Public a success despite the convenient characters and constant paralleling showing the merit of second chances. Estevez never forgets the humanity he’s striving to spotlight.
63 - Unnamed
The film is often entertaining, with some nice touches and compelling moments.
The Playlist - Chris Barsanti
Even though The Public ultimately doesn’t come together as a dramatic piece, particularly in the hammy climax, it does take some impressive chances. Just making a story about the invisible homeless is a brave move to start—audiences tend not to like stories about intractable issues, after all.
Los Angeles Times - Gary Goldstein
What could have been a deep and rousing clarion call on the homeless crisis gets supplanted by surface characterizations and situations, us-against-them broadsides and weak story strands.
TheWrap - Tricia Olszewski
The film is a clunky and at times ridiculous affair, taking a situation that might reasonably happen and turning it into something melodramatic and ultimately unbelievable.

The Public (2019)

An act of civil disobedience turns into a standoff with police when homeless people in Cincinnati take over the public library to seek shelter from the bitter cold.