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The Big Heat Reviews

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Variety Staff
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.
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
April 9, 2008
Brutal, atmospheric, and exciting -- highly recommended.
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
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
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John Petrakis
Chicago Tribune
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.
| Original Score: 4/4