Heaven's Gate Reviews

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August 28, 2019
A masterpiece that in every new dancing party presents new dancing steps. [Full Review in Spanish]
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.
September 29, 2014
Enormous, but also gorgeous in its enormity.
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.
August 1, 2013
Cimino endows the visuals with a Zola-esque texture and realism. But the characterisation and dramatic reach go beyond even that.
August 1, 2013
Emotionally stings like few other westerns.
August 1, 2013
Its status as a true wonder-work of American cinema is now surely beyond doubt.
July 30, 2013
The set-pieces are majestic and its disenchanted view of the american frontier myth still rings ominously true.
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.
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.
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.
March 2, 2012
Flawed but interesting piece of art in the form of an anti-Western.
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.
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.
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.
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