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Heaven's Gate Reviews

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Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray

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.

Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray

August 15, 2013
Philip French
Observer [UK]

I will leave others to pick nits off this epic panorama.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

August 4, 2013
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

It is a demanding film, without a doubt - but a passionate one.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 5/5

August 1, 2013
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

Cimino endows the visuals with a Zola-esque texture and realism. But the characterisation and dramatic reach go beyond even that.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 5/5

August 1, 2013
Glenn Heath Jr.
Little White Lies

Emotionally stings like few other westerns.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 5/5

August 1, 2013
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph

Its status as a true wonder-work of American cinema is now surely beyond doubt.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 5/5

August 1, 2013
Philip Kemp
Total Film

The set-pieces are majestic and its disenchanted view of the american frontier myth still rings ominously true.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 5/5

July 30, 2013
Dana Stevens
Slate
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On a purely sensory level, Heaven's Gate is overpowering.

Full Review Source: Slate

April 1, 2013
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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If anything, Michael Cimino's inert disaster of a Western has gotten worse over the years ...

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 1/5

March 19, 2013
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

March 16, 2013
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

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 Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 7/10

December 13, 2012
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

[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 Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: A-

August 18, 2012
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine

Flawed but interesting piece of art in the form of an anti-Western.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

March 2, 2012

Film4

Beneath the hype and the excess is a beautiful, moving, at times surprisingly subtle film that hovers precariously somewhere between greatness and folly.

Full Review Source: Film4

March 2, 2012
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 2, 2012
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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It really is a stinker.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 2, 2012

TV Guide's Movie Guide

This beautiful but notoriously disappointing film is one of the most overblown epic Westerns of any decade.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 2, 2012
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

A second look at Cimino's 1981 epic Western suggests that it has major problems but is not a total catastrophe.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: C+

July 10, 2009
Variety Staff
Variety
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The balance of director Michael Cimino's film is so confusing, so overlong at three-and-a-half hours and so ponderous that it fails to work at almost every level.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 22, 2008
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

If you can get past its self-indulgences, somewhat ineffectual action scenes and other structural flaws in its filmmaking, it's really quite a remarkable film.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A-

March 5, 2006
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