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  • Official Trailer
  • Trailer 1

Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

The Public is about downtown Cincinnati librarians Stuart Goodson (Emilio Estevez) and Myra (Jena Malone) who see their regular winter day shaken up when homeless patrons decide to take shelter in their library for the night. What starts as a peaceful sit-in quickly escalates into a face-off with the police and the media.

Cast

  • Alec Baldwin
  • Taylor Schilling
  • Emilio Estevez
  • Jena Malone
  • Christian Slater
  • Jacob Vargas
  • Gabrielle Union
  • Derek Polen
  • Michael Kenneth Williams
  • Jeffrey Wright

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • Jena Malone and Gabrielle Union previously appeared together in In Our Nature (2012).
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Goofs

  • In 'Artic' cold weather you should see everyone outside breath when they speak. No one was even shivering.

Quotes

    • Anderson: The public library is the last bastion of democracy that we have in this country!
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Verified Review
#great
#original
#mustsee
#smart
#allthefeels
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Awesome movie! So inspiring!

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Sara B
#justokay
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#notmyfave

Surprisingly predictable of this activist group of actors. Baldwin is the worst. He should stick to Saturday Night Live skits or give up acting although.

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Dawn C

Metacritic

60
Apr 5, 2019

In these divided times, films centering on political issues either make an earnest attempt to persuade the other side to consider its point of view or play to its political allies and demonize its enemies. The Public does the latter, and the result is to further widen the divide of political discourse with self-righteous finger-pointing.

Metacritic review by Alan Ng
Alan Ng
Film Threat
50
Apr 3, 2019

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.

Metacritic review by Tricia Olszewski
Tricia Olszewski
TheWrap