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Heaven's Gate Reviews

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Wendy Ide
Times (UK)
March 27, 2015
It is a bloated Western that contains some extraordinary moments, a lot of heavy-handed political commentary and a hell of a lot of padding.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 29, 2014
Enormous, but also gorgeous in its enormity.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
August 15, 2013
The first critics to lay eyes on it mistook the emphasis on the personal and painterly for self-indulgence - static naval gazing. This confuses incident with the incidental.
Philip French
Observer (UK)
August 4, 2013
I will leave others to pick nits off this epic panorama.
Peter Bradshaw
August 1, 2013
It is a demanding film, without a doubt - but a passionate one.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
August 1, 2013
Cimino endows the visuals with a Zola-esque texture and realism. But the characterisation and dramatic reach go beyond even that.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Glenn Heath Jr.
Little White Lies
August 1, 2013
Emotionally stings like few other westerns.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)
August 1, 2013
Its status as a true wonder-work of American cinema is now surely beyond doubt.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip Kemp
Total Film
July 30, 2013
The set-pieces are majestic and its disenchanted view of the american frontier myth still rings ominously true.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Dana Stevens
April 1, 2013
On a purely sensory level, Heaven's Gate is overpowering.
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
March 16, 2013
Michael Cimino's film represented a slight return to classicism--to larger-than-life Panavision spectacle and crane shot-managed majesty, however contradicted by narrative bleakness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
December 13, 2012
I like Heaven's Gate just fine, but I don't love it. I wish I did. It's fun to participate in the redemption of a film maudit.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Cole Smithey
August 18, 2012
[VIDEO ESSAY] "Heaven's Gate" is an unforgettable film full of heartfelt sincerity and pointed commentary about America's bloody history of hypocrisy, greed, and racism.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
March 2, 2012
Flawed but interesting piece of art in the form of an anti-Western.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

March 2, 2012
Beneath the hype and the excess is a beautiful, moving, at times surprisingly subtle film that hovers precariously somewhere between greatness and folly.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 5, 2006
If you can get past its self-indulgences, somewhat ineffectual action scenes and other structural flaws in its filmmaking, it's really quite a remarkable film.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Chuck O'Leary
February 15, 2006
Maybe not the masterpiece Cimino intended, but in its 219-minute version Heaven's Gate is a very good Western, and not nearly the disaster some have unfairly labeled it.
| Original Score: 8/10
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Tom Milne
Time Out
February 9, 2006
For all the abuse heaped on it, this is -- in its complete version, at least -- a majestic and lovingly detailed Western which simultaneously celebrates and undermines the myth of the American frontier.
Phil Hall
Film Threat
October 7, 2004
A great movie which did not deserve the lousy reputation heaped on it by vituperative critics.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Top Critic
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
October 6, 2004
The lie of frontier idealism is debunked, and Vilmos Zsigmond's mistily gorgeous cinematography is virtually an act of mourning in and of itself.
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