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Heaven's Gate Reviews

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Dana Stevens
April 1, 2013
On a purely sensory level, Heaven's Gate is overpowering.
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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
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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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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
March 2, 2012
It really is a stinker.
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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.
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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.
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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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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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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