Enemy at the Door takes place during World War II in German-occupied Channel Islands and describes the relationship between the German conquerers and the English natives.

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Type: Scripted

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 1978-01-21

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Enemy at the Gates is a 2001 war film written and directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud and based on William Craig's 1973 nonfiction book Enemy at the Gates: The Battle for Stalingrad, which describes the events surrounding the Battle of Stalingrad in the winter of 1942 and 1943. The film's main character is a fictionalized version of sniper Vasily Zaytsev, a Hero of the Soviet Union during World War II. It includes a snipers' duel between Zaytsev and a Wehrmacht sniper school director, Major Erwin König.

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Based on 137 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes, the film received a 54% approval rating from critics with an average score of 5.7/10. The reviews were summarized as “Atmospheric and thrilling, 'Enemy at the Gates' gets the look and feel of war right. However, the love story seems out of place.” Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating in the 0–100 range based on reviews from top mainstream critics, calculated an average score of 53 based on 33 reviews. Roger Ebert gave the film three stars out of four and wrote that it “is about two men placed in a situation where they have to try to use their intelligence and skills to kill each other. When Annaud focuses on that, the movie works with rare concentration. The additional plot stuff and the romance are kind of a shame.” New York Magazine's Peter Ranier was less kind, declaring “It's as if an obsessed film nut had decided to collect every bad war-film convention on one computer and program it to spit out a script.” Peter Travers of Rolling Stone admitted the film had faults, but that “any flaws in execution pale against those moments when the film brings history to vital life.” The film was poorly received in Russia. Some Red Army Stalingrad veterans were so offended by inaccuracies in the film and how the Red Army was portrayed that on 7 May 2001, shortly after the film premiered in Russia, they expressed their displeasure in the Duma, demanding a ban of the film, but their request was not granted. The film was also received poorly in Germany. Critics claimed that it simplified history and glorified war. At the Berlinale film festival, it was booed. Annaud stated afterwards that he would not present another film at Berlinale, calling it a “slaughterhouse” and claiming that his film received much better reception elsewhere.

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