... a colossal disappointment.
| Original Score: 2/4
You can't tell what's important and what isn't, and some may mistake the movie's incoherence for profundity.
| Original Score: 3/5
I admire Mann's emotional commitment and his sense of style, but it also grates on me.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Heat runs (sometime crawls) 2:51, but there is really only enough material for two hours.
All the squealing tires, flying bullets and falling bodies cannot save Heat from drowning in its own banalities ...
There isn't much to recommend this movie until Pacino and De Niro finally share the first of their two scenes together.
As the credits finally rolled, someone behind me muttered, "That was so long, DeNiro could have gone to prison in the first scene and finished his sentence before the movie was over."
As Heat progresses, its sensational looks pale beside storytelling weaknesses that expose the more soulless aspects of this cat-and-mouse crime tale.
The conversation in Heat is one of the most perfectly executed and eloquently intertextual moments in the history of American Cinema.
| Original Score: 5/5
Michael Mann's writing and direction elevate this material. It's not just an action picture.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
| Original Score: 5/5
The director's signature sleek and romantic aesthetic is reason enough to take a seat for this operatic three-hour marathon.
| Original Score: 90/100
...one of the greatest crime films of all time.
De Niro delivers a frightening vision of frosty criminal efficiency.
| Original Score: B+
Heat occupies an exalted position among the countless contemporary crime films.
What sets this film somewhat apart from numerous other films with similar plots is Mann's deliberate pacing.
| Original Score: +1 out of -4..+4
A slow-moving, overburdened, well-meant and at times quite entertaining slog.
| Original Score: 7/10
Heat Heat has an intoxicating, seductive look and feel, and if viewers can check their brains at the door, it succeeds on a surface level.
| Original Score: 3/4
Heat has an impressively strong script by Mann, and he backs it up with gorgeous filmmaking.
| Original Score: 4/4
... while the sometimes hard-to-follow script often demands too much of the viewer, this film is one that's truly worth seeing.
| Original Score: 4/5