Heat Reviews

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
April 29, 2014
When Pacino's loud, bruised cop and De Niro's canny crook stare at each other, you can read something spent and weary in their eyes and voices. The heat is hell. So are their jobs -- but somebody's got to do them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
April 29, 2014
The taciturn De Niro and the braying Pacino share a flawless scene over a cup of coffee, but the real honors go to Val Kilmer and Ashley Judd as a warring, loving couple.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 29, 2014
So why doesn't Heat, with its elaborately staged, tautly edited robberies, its killer cast, edgy score and elegant cinematography, offer more satisfaction? It's the script, stupid.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Ansen
Newsweek
April 29, 2014
Just when it seemed that the only hope for crime movies lay in the postmodernist artifice of films like Pulp Fiction, Mann reinvests the genre with brooding, modernist conviction. This one sticks to your gut.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
April 29, 2014
There's nothing really new in this lengthy 1995 thriller by writer-director Michael Mann about cops and robbers in Los Angeles, but it has craft, pacing, and an overall sense of proportion, three pretty rare classic virtues nowadays.
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Dave Kehr
New York Daily News
April 29, 2014
An odd though often entertaining blend of The Asphalt Jungle and Oprah, a traditional cops-and-robbers story weirdly fitted out with long, earnest discussions of interpersonal relationships.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
April 29, 2014
There isn't much going on at this party other than what the actors bring to it. But fortunately, Mann has invited some exceptional ones.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
April 29, 2014
A movie with two powerhouse performances and enough bad dialogue (it runs two hours, 45 minutes) to clog a Pentium processor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
April 29, 2014
Heat becomes consistently more interesting as it forges on toward the 180-minute mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Adrian Turner
Radio Times
April 29, 2014
Though punctuated by bursts of virtuoso action, including a running battle in downtown LA that ranks as one of the best action scenes ever filmed, it is the unusual emphasis on character that impresses most.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
April 29, 2014
This is glandular, not intellectual, movie-making but it's at the highest end of technical expressiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
April 29, 2014
The performances are persuasive but the plot rattles on much too long.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rod Dreher
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
April 29, 2014
Though it's a tad too schematic, Heat, written and directed by Michael Mann, provides a venue for white-hot acting by De Niro and Pacino.
Simon Cote
Austin Chronicle
April 29, 2014
With a stellar cast including Val Kilmer and Jon Voight, Heat has it all including a great soundtrack full of tone-setting, ambient, and symphonic arrangements.
Dan Webster
Spokesman-Review (Washington)
April 29, 2014
If, overall, Mann stretches a bit, the numerous successes are nevertheless worth watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

Total Film
April 29, 2014
Heat isn't only his peerless lesson in how to make clusters of concrete and glass look beautiful, it's also an eloquent study of loyalty, commitment and good guy/ bad guy duality.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
January 2, 2013
The conversation in Heat is one of the most perfectly executed and eloquently intertextual moments in the history of American Cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
February 16, 2010
A stealth epic, framing an urban jungle and making its own kind of contemporary history by pairing acting giants Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino in what has arguably become the preminent cops-and-robbers movie. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

Film4
November 27, 2009
Quite rightly, this confirmed Mann as one of Hollywood's smartest, most stylish and emotionally articulate directors.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
October 30, 2009
I have always wondered if Pacino and De Niro flipped a coin before the movie began shooting to see which of them would play which part?
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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