Reviews: The Public (2019)

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  • [New] | Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews
    • Excerpt: The Public is like some of the characters in the film: well-meaning with a vague idea of what to do but saddled with issues that get in the way.
  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: It’s blunt, clumsy, and leaves little room for interpretation, but Emilio Estevez’s passion for the story and its messaging is undoubtedly sincere.
  • Christian Long @ Glide Magazine
    • Excerpt: It forces a painfully earnest look at what libraries end up becoming in major American cities: a safe haven for the homeless.
  • Nell Minow @
    • Excerpt: Writer/director/star Emilio Estevez has some things to say and he wants to make absolutely sure that no one misses the point,.
  • Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage
    • Excerpt: Estevez never forgets the humanity he’s striving to spotlight. That’s what makes The Public a success despite the convenient characters and [parallels].
  • Beverly Questad @ It’s Just Movies
    • Excerpt: “The Public” is just plain great film-making. Estevez brings us separate, interesting homeless personalities of courage, despair and humor. He also comments on the crisis of our time through Stuart Goodson, who explains what’s going on over the phone to a newswoman covering the story: “And in the eyes of the people there is the failure; and in the eyes of the hungry there is a growing wrath.”
  • Don Shanahan @ Every Movie Has a Lesson
    • Excerpt: The Public makes a worthy stump speech for its checklist of modest societal issues.