Young Treasury Agent Elliot Ness arrives in Chicago and is deternimed to take down Al Capone but it's not going to be easy, because Capone has the police in his pocket. Ness meets Jimmy Malone a veteran patrolman and probably the most honorable one in the force. He asks Malone Show more... to help him get Capone but Malone warns him that if he goes after Capone, he is going to war.
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Jay Boyar The Untouchables could be the breakthrough movie for Kevin Costner, a folksy, Gary Cooperish actor who holds center stage as Eliot Ness.
Dave Kehr It's an action film without much personality or drive and without enough imaginative detail to make the action gripping or meaningful.
Richard Schickel It goes to that place that all films aspiring to greatness must attain: the country of myth, where all the figures must be larger and more vivid than life.
Jonathan Rosenbaum The results are watchable enough, with a particularly adept use of Sean Connery, Chicago locations, and period details.
Variety Staff The Untouchables is a beautifully crafted portrait of Prohibition-era Chicago.
Hal Hinson ...only marginally entertaining.
Desson Thomson ...an entertaining but incongruous mix of class and pulp.