Heat Reviews

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April 29, 2014
When Pacino's loud, bruised cop and De Niro's canny crook stare at each other, you can read something spent and weary in their eyes and voices. The heat is hell. So are their jobs -- but somebody's got to do them.
April 29, 2014
The taciturn De Niro and the braying Pacino share a flawless scene over a cup of coffee, but the real honors go to Val Kilmer and Ashley Judd as a warring, loving couple.
April 29, 2014
So why doesn't Heat, with its elaborately staged, tautly edited robberies, its killer cast, edgy score and elegant cinematography, offer more satisfaction? It's the script, stupid.
April 29, 2014
Just when it seemed that the only hope for crime movies lay in the postmodernist artifice of films like Pulp Fiction, Mann reinvests the genre with brooding, modernist conviction. This one sticks to your gut.
April 29, 2014
There's nothing really new in this lengthy 1995 thriller by writer-director Michael Mann about cops and robbers in Los Angeles, but it has craft, pacing, and an overall sense of proportion, three pretty rare classic virtues nowadays.
April 29, 2014
An odd though often entertaining blend of The Asphalt Jungle and Oprah, a traditional cops-and-robbers story weirdly fitted out with long, earnest discussions of interpersonal relationships.
April 29, 2014
There isn't much going on at this party other than what the actors bring to it. But fortunately, Mann has invited some exceptional ones.
April 29, 2014
Heat becomes consistently more interesting as it forges on toward the 180-minute mark.
April 29, 2014
With a stellar cast including Val Kilmer and Jon Voight, Heat has it all including a great soundtrack full of tone-setting, ambient, and symphonic arrangements.
April 28, 2009
The director's signature sleek and romantic aesthetic is reason enough to take a seat for this operatic three-hour marathon.
October 16, 2008
Heat occupies an exalted position among the countless contemporary crime films.
August 14, 2007
Robert De Niro's last great role before he devoted himself to self-parody.
February 9, 2006
This is simply the best American crime movie -- and indeed, one of the finest movies, period -- in over a decade.
May 4, 2005
De Niro delivers a frightening vision of frosty criminal efficiency.
February 21, 2005
Echoes the tradition of American individualists.
May 20, 2003
As Heat progresses, its sensational looks pale beside storytelling weaknesses that expose the more soulless aspects of this cat-and-mouse crime tale.
April 17, 2001
Taken altogether, Mann doesn't do anything particularly new, but with a subtly used supporting cast he combines everything into an unusually articulate action thriller.
February 13, 2001
Michael Mann and a superlative cast have taken a classic heist movie rife with familiar genre elements and turned it into a sleek, accomplished piece of work, meticulously controlled and completely involving.
January 1, 2000
Boosters and touts use the term 'major movie' so often that it's more likely to generate yawns than excitement at this point. Back to basics. Heat is a major movie. With major stars. Doing major acting.
January 1, 2000
For a film that deserves Oscars for photography, editing, sound and arguably scoring, Heat is packed with unforgettable subcharacters.
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