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Heaven's Gate Reviews

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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
September 29, 2014
Enormous, but also gorgeous in its enormity.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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.
August 4, 2013
I will leave others to pick nits off this epic panorama.
August 1, 2013
It is a demanding film, without a doubt - but a passionate one.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
August 1, 2013
Emotionally stings like few other westerns.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 1, 2013
Its status as a true wonder-work of American cinema is now surely beyond doubt.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
April 1, 2013
On a purely sensory level, Heaven's Gate is overpowering.
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
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
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-
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.
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-
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.
Read More | Original Score: 8/10
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.
October 7, 2004
A great movie which did not deserve the lousy reputation heaped on it by vituperative critics.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
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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