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Miami Vice (2006)



Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 194
Fresh: 91 | Rotten: 103

Miami Vice is beautifully shot but the lead characters lack the charisma of their TV series counterparts, and the underdeveloped story is well below the standards of Michael Mann's better films.


Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 45
Fresh: 32 | Rotten: 13

Miami Vice is beautifully shot but the lead characters lack the charisma of their TV series counterparts, and the underdeveloped story is well below the standards of Michael Mann's better films.



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Ricardo Tubbs is urbane and dead smart. He lives with Bronx-born intel analyst Trudy, as they work undercover transporting drug loads into South Florida to identify a group responsible for three murders. Sonny Crockett is charismatic and flirtatious until--while undercover working with the supplier of the South Florida group--he gets romantically entangled with Isabella, the Chinese-Cuban wife of an arms and drugs trafficker. The intensity of this case pushes Crockett and Tubbs out onto the edge


Drama, Action & Adventure

Anthony Henden Yerkovich, Michael Mann

Dec 5, 2006


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All Critics (201) | Top Critics (46) | Fresh (91) | Rotten (103) | DVD (28)

This somber action picture bravely defies expectations and gives us something wholly new.

October 7, 2006 Full Review Source:
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Mann is the master of nighttime digital photography, and he fills the screen with stunning images and some intricately choreographed shoot-out scenes that I just loved.

August 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Miami Vice isn't perfect, but it is perfectly mesmerizing.

August 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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I enjoyed Mr. Mann's new Miami Vice from its first ravishing frame to the last, but I can't say that very much of it made sense -- but then, neither do the daily headlines.

August 3, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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It's business as usual for Mann. Truly terrific.

August 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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The movie isn't perfect, but it's good enough, and better than most. It should keep us occupied until the big screen version of The Apprentice comes along.

July 28, 2006
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Mann's folly is the best show in town.

December 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Stop Smiling
Stop Smiling

Miami Vice isn't a particularly accurate translation of the show - and depending on your point of view that could be good or bad - but it is a stylish, if uninspired, crime thriller.

April 8, 2011 Full Review Source:

Mann has no peer today when it comes to painting after-hours dread

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

Perhaps the first Michael Mann film to almost completely lack a human element; or rather, the human element it possesses is thin and unconvincing.

July 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Comment (1)
Antagony & Ecstasy

[Michael Mann's] remake of his own property is dull, cliché, routine, and pointless.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Michael Mann ridiculously attempts to inflate an episode of his '80s TV show into a feature length ballad of undercover ennui, lust and bloody intimidation.

April 22, 2009 Full Review Source:

[The punchy] theatrical opening... doesn't so much lead viewers into the film as it injects them.

April 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Stranger Song
Stranger Song

No one, but no one does crime like Michael Mann.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source:

The Foxx-Farrell pairing can best be summed up by the first real Crockett-Tubbs scene in the film: on the rooftop of a club, on the phone... having separate conversations. The two share the frame and the on-set air but nothing else.

August 26, 2007 Full Review Source:

Michael Mann seems to have set out to extricate everything that made the show fun and original.

August 13, 2007 Full Review Source:

A pointless exercise.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Comments (2)
Big Picture Big Sound

No chemistry, no cool, no compelling characters, no air of urgency. Just a very average crime caper which fails to entertain the viewer on a gut, cerebral or superficial level. Not exactly your father's Miami Vice.

March 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Heritage Konpa Magazine | Comments (4)
Heritage Konpa Magazine

A highly satisfying piece of stylish pop entertainment.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Note for Michael Mann fans: A thrilling new director's edition on DVD has 20 minutes of new footage.

November 22, 2006

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October 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

Un policial moderadamente efectivo y bien realizado, alejado por completo de la estética de la serie televisiva original. Intrascendente.

September 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

After an FBI sting goes bad, Miami detectives Sonny Crockett ( Colin Farrell) and Ricardo Tubbs (Jamie Foxx) head deep undercover to infiltrate a Colombian drug network. Complications arise when Crockett goes under covers with Isabella (Gong Li), the righ

September 6, 2006

Mas é justamente neste momento que, infelizmente, Michael Mann parece se lembrar de que, afinal de contas, está a serviço de Hollywood.

September 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

While Miami Vice is heavy on the style and visuals of Mann's other films, almost everything else which makes his work so watchable is absent.

August 31, 2006 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

Audience Reviews for Miami Vice

What this film seriously lacks in a coherent and discernable plot and character development, it more than makes up for it with tons of style, great cinematography, and well-placed tension. The gunplay (what little there is), is done well, and even though the film is more style than substance, and could stand to be trimmed up greatly, it's a thinking man's drama/thriller, and not a blockbuster action film.

Unfortunately, it's called Miami Vice, and features characters taken from the classic 80s show. I have no problem with a film adaptation of Miami Vice, but Mann, who was a major creative force behind the show, should have known better, as well as done better.

Unable to get the music, and some other elements from the show due to legal issues, he had to update things and come up with new stuff. My feeling though, is that if you aren't able to truly make the film you want to make, then why bother?

They should have called it something other than Miami Vice, and changed the character names. That would have made this a better film. Also, the story here is really incoherent, muddled, and doesn't make a whole lot of sense. It's also really long (especially the director's cut), and filled with a lot of filler subplots that just don't work for me, even with the decent use of mood, tone, and atmosphere.

Some of the music is okay, but don't get me started on the Phil Collins cover, and especially how it's used.

As far as casting, Farrell and Foxx are fine, but Barry Shabaka Henley sucks as Castillo, and, though she is pretty, Li Gong can't act or even speak English for crap.

I love Michael Mann, but I really wanna know what went wrong. It's hard to defend this one and feel good about it, and, even when it does get something right, it gets overshadowed by everything that's wrong.

At least some of the cinematography (daytime exteriors especially) is great.

Overall though, this is a tedious, boring, and poor adaptation that really could have worked, but only if major changes took place.
March 18, 2014
Chris Weber

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Action: Realistic and engaging (except for the last gunfight where some fool shoots under a car... you'll see why). Plot: Absolutely horrible with one of the worst chemistries put into film (between Colin Farrell and some asian chick). It could've been great, but there were way too many problems with this highly stylized but lacking movie.
March 9, 2012
Albert Kim

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I might be one of the only people that thoroughly enjoy and respect Michael Mann's full length adaption of his t.v. series. I just think it has all the great things about cop dramas and all of the great techniques of Michael Mann. The digital video is ridiculously fitting for a movie about two Narcs in the middle of a gangster conflict. I guess you have to like the two stars of the movie, Colin Ferrell and Jamie Foxx, who carry their own fanbases and hate groups. For someone who's a fan of both, I thought it was an amazing team up and their chemistry was great together. This is clearly a movie that you have to want to watch and get into, not just something for casual viewing. This is extremely hard around the edges and has very little light-hearted moments. It's extremely gritty and a different kind of cop movie than we're used to seeing. I love how Miami Vice is serious about its goals and beautiful style. The plot is one of the more fine tuned and seems like it could possibly happen in a real-life scenario. Crockett and Tubbs got rid of their nutball clothes and were turned into some truly hard as nails cops.
May 16, 2011

Super Reviewer

Director Michael Mann does a retread and modern film version of his highly successful 1980's television series and despite the calibre of Mann, this turns out to be just like all the other poor makeovers of hit t.v shows.
Detectives Sonny Crockett (Colin Farrell) and Ricardo Tubbs (Jamie Foxx) work undercover investigating narcotics-smuggling in Florida. But when Crockett falls for the beautiful wife (Gong Li) of a powerful arms and drugs trafficker, and Tubbs' loved ones come under threat, their personal and professional lives start to mesh together.
Much like "Heat" and "The Insider", with similiar wonderful cinematography (complete with intense close-ups and methodical pace), giving the impression that we're involved in the action. Problem is though, the action is not exciting enough. It's too slow. Far too slow. This had real potential and from the beginning it looks like we're going to be treated to another classic like the previous films mentioned but the normally reliable Michael Mann (especially in this genre) delivers a damp squib. Foxx and Farrell make a great Tubbs and Crocket, full of style and intensity but they're left to basically wander around for over two hours, looking mean, tanned and brooding. The editing and camerawork are excellent in capturing the urban landscape of Miami but it's not enough. It is without doubt, all style and no substance. All buck and no bang and definitely no bark OR bite. It took me three attempts to get through it, without falling asleep and that's just not what you expect with the style and excitement of a usually on-form Michael Mann.
A massive let down. Mann can do much better than this, with the most impressive thing about it being how Farrell managed to get away with successfully sporting a mullet and handlebar 'tashe. Not an easy combination and more impressive than the film itself.
December 22, 2010

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    1. Isabella: Do you dance?
    – Submitted by Emma S (2 years ago)
    1. Ricardo Tubbs: Do you wanna fuck with my partner or do you wanna do business with us? 'Cause I don't give a shit how you think he looks.
    – Submitted by Alex A (3 years ago)
    1. Sonny Crockett: I'm a fiend for mojitos.
    – Submitted by Alex A (3 years ago)
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