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Heaven's Gate Reviews

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Peter Ackroyd
The Spectator
June 8, 2015
Neither Kris Kristofferson nor Christopher Walken, both of them fine actors, can prevail against the relentless scale and movement of the production.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 18, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
This movie is $36 million thrown to the winds. It is the most scandalous cinematic waste I have ever seen, and remember, I've seen Paint Your Wagon.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 2, 2012
The longer version is impressive as long as the characters and settings remain in long shot; only when the camera gets closer do the problems start.
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Variety Staff
July 22, 2008
The balance of director Michael Cimino's film is so confusing, so overlong at three-and-a-half hours and so ponderous that it fails to work at almost every level.
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Victor Olliver
August 8, 2002
A public health menace.
| Original Score: 0/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
March 19, 2013
If anything, Michael Cimino's inert disaster of a Western has gotten worse over the years ...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
June 12, 2003
Too long and pretentious to properly work -- shave off a good half-hour and you might have something.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
Cimino's sprawling anti-Western is above all a great paradox--or, better yet, jumble of paradoxes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mark Athitakis
April 18, 2004
It is sensitive and it is condescending. It has enormous ambition and winds up with nothing to say. Eventually, it's just sadly exhausting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
August 30, 2004
Heaven's Gate' is something quite rare in movies these days -- an unqualified disaster.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
October 11, 2004
has considerable curiosity value... as an important piece of contemporary film history and as an example of how a filmmaker got it so wrong by trying so hard to get it right.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
March 30, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
Emanuel Levy
July 10, 2009
A second look at Cimino's 1981 epic Western suggests that it has major problems but is not a total catastrophe.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
March 2, 2012
It really is a stinker.

Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Such attention to detail cannot overcome the impatience audiences will feel with this overlong film.

TV Guide
March 2, 2012
This beautiful but notoriously disappointing film is one of the most overblown epic Westerns of any decade.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Glenn Heath Jr.
Little White Lies
August 1, 2013
Emotionally stings like few other westerns.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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