Heaven's Gate Reviews

August 20, 2019
A chaotic concert where disparate notes have been mixed. It's as if director Michael Cimino wanted to make various different films. [Full Review in Spanish]
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.
March 19, 2013
If anything, Michael Cimino's inert disaster of a Western has gotten worse over the years ...
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.
March 2, 2012
It really is a stinker.
March 2, 2012
This beautiful but notoriously disappointing film is one of the most overblown epic Westerns of any decade.
July 10, 2009
A second look at Cimino's 1981 epic Western suggests that it has major problems but is not a total catastrophe.
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.
March 30, 2005
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.
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.
August 30, 2004
Heaven's Gate' is something quite rare in movies these days -- an unqualified disaster.
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.
August 22, 2003
June 12, 2003
Too long and pretentious to properly work -- shave off a good half-hour and you might have something.
November 18, 2002
August 8, 2002
A public health menace.
June 5, 2002
Such attention to detail cannot overcome the impatience audiences will feel with this overlong film.
February 27, 2001
Cimino's sprawling anti-Western is above all a great paradox--or, better yet, jumble of paradoxes.