Heaven's Gate Reviews

Page 1 of 3
Peter Ackroyd
The Spectator
June 8, 2015
Neither Kris Kristofferson nor Christopher Walken, both of them fine actors, can prevail against the relentless scale and movement of the production.
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]
March 27, 2015
It is a bloated Western that contains some extraordinary moments, a lot of heavy-handed political commentary and a hell of a lot of padding.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 29, 2014
Enormous, but also gorgeous in its enormity.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
August 15, 2013
The first critics to lay eyes on it mistook the emphasis on the personal and painterly for self-indulgence - static naval gazing. This confuses incident with the incidental.
Philip French
Observer [UK]
August 4, 2013
I will leave others to pick nits off this epic panorama.
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
August 1, 2013
It is a demanding film, without a doubt - but a passionate one.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
August 1, 2013
Cimino endows the visuals with a Zola-esque texture and realism. But the characterisation and dramatic reach go beyond even that.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Glenn Heath Jr.
Little White Lies
August 1, 2013
Emotionally stings like few other westerns.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
August 1, 2013
Its status as a true wonder-work of American cinema is now surely beyond doubt.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip Kemp
Total Film
July 30, 2013
The set-pieces are majestic and its disenchanted view of the american frontier myth still rings ominously true.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Dana Stevens
Slate
April 1, 2013
On a purely sensory level, Heaven's Gate is overpowering.
Top Critic
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
March 19, 2013
If anything, Michael Cimino's inert disaster of a Western has gotten worse over the years ...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
March 16, 2013
Michael Cimino's film represented a slight return to classicism--to larger-than-life Panavision spectacle and crane shot-managed majesty, however contradicted by narrative bleakness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
December 13, 2012
I like Heaven's Gate just fine, but I don't love it. I wish I did. It's fun to participate in the redemption of a film maudit.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
August 18, 2012
[VIDEO ESSAY] "Heaven's Gate" is an unforgettable film full of heartfelt sincerity and pointed commentary about America's bloody history of hypocrisy, greed, and racism.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
March 2, 2012
Flawed but interesting piece of art in the form of an anti-Western.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Film4
March 2, 2012
Beneath the hype and the excess is a beautiful, moving, at times surprisingly subtle film that hovers precariously somewhere between greatness and folly.
Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 2, 2012
The longer version is impressive as long as the characters and settings remain in long shot; only when the camera gets closer do the problems start.
Top Critic
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
March 2, 2012
It really is a stinker.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 2, 2012
This beautiful but notoriously disappointing film is one of the most overblown epic Westerns of any decade.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Page 1 of 3