Heaven's Gate Reviews

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.
August 1, 2013
It is a demanding film, without a doubt - but a passionate one.
August 1, 2013
Emotionally stings like few other westerns.
April 1, 2013
On a purely sensory level, Heaven's Gate is overpowering.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
August 30, 2004
Heaven's Gate' is something quite rare in movies these days -- an unqualified disaster.