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The Big Heat Reviews

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May 22, 2012
For those who take their film black...Moral rot gets full play in Lang's 1953 police drama. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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."
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A
July 22, 2006
Lang at his cruelest.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
November 24, 2003
Strong noir thriller from the great Lang in his later years.
| Original Score: 4/5
October 1, 2003
One of Fritz Lang's very best films.
May 20, 2003
Mr. Lang can direct a film. He has put his mind to it, in this instance, and he has brought forth a hot one with a sting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 24, 2003
May be Lang's greatest American film.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
July 20, 2002
In many ways, Fritz Lang's The Big Heat, scripted by former crime reporter Sydney Boehm, laid the groundwork not only for "Dirty Harry," but for the whole sub-genre of 'rogue cop' films that began to surface during the Vietnam era.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
February 28, 2002
Relentlessly depressing and cynical, and although it was well-made, its cruelty made it an uncomfortable experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 5, 2002
Perfectly suited to film noir fans who like their stories dark, their characters dark, and their heroes decent but morally tested.
Read More | Original Score: 85/100
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