The Big Heat Reviews

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October 8, 2020
Fast paced and containing layers of perverse savagery and social commentary, The Big Heat is fundamental film noir, an elliptical nightmare extolling what goes around comes around.
August 15, 2020
Director Fritz Lang has no problems with a high body count, confronting death realistically, and showing violence against women - by both the protagonists and the antagonists.
January 3, 2018
Above all, it is directed with a dramatic incisiveness, a sharp-edged observation that keeps the pitch of interest and excitement continuously high.
November 24, 2017
Extremes of light/shade are tight-focused in ace turns from a malignant Lee Marvin and vivacious Gloria Grahame, while Lang's direction kicks hard: just like a shot of hot, black coffee.
November 24, 2017
The film is drum-tight, directed with muscular clarity and force.
May 22, 2012
For those who take their film black...Moral rot gets full play in Lang's 1953 police drama. [Blu-ray]
December 5, 2009
Fritz Lang, once the master of grand expressionist scenes, directs with a stripped down style and a lean narrative drive...
July 25, 2009
Everything about "The Big Heat" is "hard boiled."
April 9, 2008
Ford's portrayal of the homicide sergeant is honest and packs much wallop. Lang's direction builds taut suspense, throwing unexpected, and believable, thrills at the audience.
April 9, 2008
A scalding face-full of harsh reality, courtesy Fritz Lang.
April 9, 2008
Lang presents one of the great works of film noir. The acting is first rate, Boehm's script tough and efficient, and the whole affair is photographed with the appropriate expressionist, chiaroscuro lighting.
April 9, 2008
Brutal, atmospheric, and exciting -- highly recommended.
April 8, 2007
One of Lang's most accomplished and influential noir crimers, with a top-notch turn from Glenn Ford as the avenging cop-angel, a role that Clint Eastwood (Dirty Harry) and Charles Bronson (Death Wish) would develop in their 1970s revenge thrillers.
July 22, 2006
Lang at his cruelest.
June 24, 2006
Lang strips down William P McGivern's novel to essentials, giving the story a narrative drive as efficient and powerful as a handgun.
January 20, 2006
That's the beauty of Lang's moral ambidexterity. He tells the story of a heroic cop, while using it to mask another story, so much darker, beneath.
August 31, 2005
August 13, 2005
Overwhelming crime thriller, with plenty to say and brilliant storytelling
May 28, 2005
In-your-face tough cop-gangster noir yarn features gritty Glenn Ford and great Gloria Grahame.
November 24, 2003
Strong noir thriller from the great Lang in his later years.
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