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The Big Heat Reviews

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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.
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 30, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
July 25, 2009
Everything about "The Big Heat" is "hard boiled."
Full Review | Original Score: A+
March 24, 2003
May be Lang's greatest American film.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
July 22, 2006
Lang at his cruelest.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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.
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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 1, 2000
They don't get much better in noir films than this stark and gritty classic.
Full Review | Original Score: A
December 5, 2009
Fritz Lang, once the master of grand expressionist scenes, directs with a stripped down style and a lean narrative drive...
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
August 22, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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
August 13, 2005
Overwhelming crime thriller, with plenty to say and brilliant storytelling
August 31, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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
January 1, 2000
The Big Heat (1953) is director Fritz Lang's landmark bleak, film noir crime classic and violent melodrama
November 5, 2001
The movie's heart is cold and blackened, not only by the tragedies which befall its characters but by an all-consuming fatalism and futility.
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