The Big Heat Reviews

  • Sep 05, 2020

    One of the quintessential noir films of its time, embracing all the archetypical elements of the genre.

    One of the quintessential noir films of its time, embracing all the archetypical elements of the genre.

  • Jul 06, 2020

    FRITZ LANG! directed, in 55! LEE MARVIN. GLORIA GRAHAM. Never saw before the MOVIE Chanel7=5=2020

    FRITZ LANG! directed, in 55! LEE MARVIN. GLORIA GRAHAM. Never saw before the MOVIE Chanel7=5=2020

  • Jun 20, 2020

    Weak story made watchable by a young cool Lee Marvin and the always wonderful Gloria Grahame.

    Weak story made watchable by a young cool Lee Marvin and the always wonderful Gloria Grahame.

  • Jun 18, 2020

    I say to this film: "It's not you, it's me." It seemed like the perfect combination, since I love film noir and I've liked all of Fritz Lang's films. But I wasn't in the right mood for this. Clearly it's well-made, and the shadowy lighting is exceptional. But feeling as bad as I do lately about the state of the world, I just had a hard time sitting through a film as seething and cruel as this one.

    I say to this film: "It's not you, it's me." It seemed like the perfect combination, since I love film noir and I've liked all of Fritz Lang's films. But I wasn't in the right mood for this. Clearly it's well-made, and the shadowy lighting is exceptional. But feeling as bad as I do lately about the state of the world, I just had a hard time sitting through a film as seething and cruel as this one.

  • May 14, 2020

    The strength of Lang's direction and the darkness of the screenplay define the tension that grows all over the film. Grahame and Ford at their best. A highly recommended film-noir picture.

    The strength of Lang's direction and the darkness of the screenplay define the tension that grows all over the film. Grahame and Ford at their best. A highly recommended film-noir picture.

  • Feb 04, 2020

    The single best film noir movie I've ever seen. Glenn Ford was never so incredible as in this fantastic movie. Absolutely THRILLING movie!

    The single best film noir movie I've ever seen. Glenn Ford was never so incredible as in this fantastic movie. Absolutely THRILLING movie!

  • Aug 24, 2019

    This is a gem from the past that I had never seen before, but I'm so glad the opportunity came. It is a great film: taut, intense, complex, thought-provoking, a visual joy, and with great performances. As good as a noir cop thriller can be.

    This is a gem from the past that I had never seen before, but I'm so glad the opportunity came. It is a great film: taut, intense, complex, thought-provoking, a visual joy, and with great performances. As good as a noir cop thriller can be.

  • Jul 02, 2019

    One of the worst noir films we've ever seen: implausible, unnuanced, and poorly acted. ALL the cops except Bannion are both evil and cowardly. Little opportunity for Gloria Grahame to show how good she is.

    One of the worst noir films we've ever seen: implausible, unnuanced, and poorly acted. ALL the cops except Bannion are both evil and cowardly. Little opportunity for Gloria Grahame to show how good she is.

  • Jun 21, 2019

    See it for Gloria Grahame.

    See it for Gloria Grahame.

  • Sep 22, 2018

    A classic complex noir from Fritz Lang, possibly his best film made on the American soil.

    A classic complex noir from Fritz Lang, possibly his best film made on the American soil.