Heat Reviews

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Top Critic
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
... a colossal disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
January 1, 2000
You can't tell what's important and what isn't, and some may mistake the movie's incoherence for profundity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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
Bob Westal
Bullz-Eye.com
December 1, 2007
I admire Mann's emotional commitment and his sense of style, but it also grates on me.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
Heat runs (sometime crawls) 2:51, but there is really only enough material for two hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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Andrew Ross
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
All the squealing tires, flying bullets and falling bodies cannot save Heat from drowning in its own banalities.
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
There isn't much to recommend this movie until Pacino and De Niro finally share the first of their two scenes together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Michael J. Doyle
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
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."
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
As Heat progresses, its sensational looks pale beside storytelling weaknesses that expose the more soulless aspects of this cat-and-mouse crime tale.
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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.
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.
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Michael Mann's writing and direction elevate this material. It's not just an action picture.
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
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
April 28, 2009
The director's signature sleek and romantic aesthetic is reason enough to take a seat for this operatic three-hour marathon.
Full Review | Original Score: 90/100
Chris Barsanti
Film Threat
February 23, 2005
...one of the greatest crime films of all time.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
De Niro delivers a frightening vision of frosty criminal efficiency.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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
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