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Miami Vice Reviews

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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
October 7, 2006
This somber action picture bravely defies expectations and gives us something wholly new.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 7, 2006
Mann is the master of nighttime digital photography, and he fills the screen with stunning images and some intricately choreographed shoot-out scenes that I just loved.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
August 5, 2006
Miami Vice isn't perfect, but it is perfectly mesmerizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
August 3, 2006
I enjoyed Mr. Mann's new Miami Vice from its first ravishing frame to the last, but I can't say that very much of it made sense -- but then, neither do the daily headlines.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
August 3, 2006
It's business as usual for Mann. Truly terrific.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
July 28, 2006
The movie isn't perfect, but it's good enough, and better than most. It should keep us occupied until the big screen version of The Apprentice comes along.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 28, 2006
The truest thing to say about Miami Vice is that it's an OK picture with some superb things in it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 28, 2006
If you're looking for a crime story that sizzles with action, sex and the visceral jolt of life on the edge, Miami Vice is the one.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 28, 2006
Miami Vice, the movie, is an atmospheric muddle, as gorgeous and unintelligible as raven-haired stunner Gong Li.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 28, 2006
It works as well as it ever did. It works because Mann makes it work.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
July 28, 2006
It offers a good amount of crowd-pleasing action, but the story is convoluted and the heroes are scowling mannequins.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 28, 2006
The antidote to M:i:III, Pirates II and every other circus of coagulated stunts is Miami Vice, my favorite Hollywood movie of the summer so far.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
July 28, 2006
Miami Vice is the last of the predicted summer blockbusters, and it delivers a reasonable amount of popcorn excitement.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 28, 2006
This is more of a thinking man's action flick -- a small, intense film made on a giant canvas that finds Mann experimenting with and pushing at the boundaries of mainstream filmmaking.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
July 28, 2006
It might be an empty vessel, but it zooms.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 28, 2006
Sensual and scary, the movie is so visually textured you feel as though you're brushing against the screen.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 28, 2006
Perhaps had they been given a script, a purpose or a mission, Miami Vice the movie might have been something worthy of the talented Mann's attention.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
July 28, 2006
Miami Vice exudes the kind of gritty life we expect, so much so that you might argue that neither Crockett nor Tubbs deserves to be called a main character; Mann reserves that role for crime itself.
| Original Score: B
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 28, 2006
The film, like its oddly rumbling sky, promises more than it ever delivers. Granted, it can look cool. But more often, as we wait for the lightning that never arrives, it frustrates.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
July 28, 2006
The movie is seriously sexy and seriously entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
July 27, 2006
It's a measure of Michael Mann's gift as a filmmaker that he manages to make stuff you'd never want to do in real life -- like grinding against Colin Farrell in a sweaty nightclub, or exchanging gunfire with Nazi supremacists -- seem strangely appealing.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
July 27, 2006
The new Miami Vice movie is not designed to leave audiences in a partying mood. On its own terms, though, it's frequently worthy of cheers.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
July 27, 2006
Compared with Mann's other films, Miami Vice lacks the slam-bang set pieces of Heat and the human dynamic of Collateral.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 27, 2006
Mann knows how to make a movie move, and there are sequences in Miami Vice, such as that initial nightclub rumble, that are like swirling fantasias.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 27, 2006
Mixing pop savvy with startling formal ambition, Michael Mann transforms a long, fairly predictable cop-show episode into a dazzling (and sometimes daft) Wagnerian spectacle.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 27, 2006
The plot is not overtaxing -- it's about guns, drugs and money -- because the real focus is the allure, danger and alienation of hiding behind an assumed identity.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
July 27, 2006
While the moviemaking in Miami Vice is impeccable as always, its story finally turns out to be too flimsy a reed to support all of the weight put on it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 27, 2006
The pacing and proportion of Heat (1995) and the feeling for place and character evident in Collateral (2004) have been tossed aside for a routine plot in which vice cops Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx pose as drug dealers.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
July 27, 2006
The worst news about Miami Vice is that Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx, replacing Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas in the key roles, don't hold a candle, a flashlight, a freakin' match to the original guys.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
July 27, 2006
From start to finish, even when you're not sure what's going on or what's being said, you're pulled deep into its vortex of sultry intrigue and unhinged ferocity.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
July 27, 2006
While this Vice isn't in the same league as Mann's Collateral (2004) or Heat (1995), it's a gritty, ultra-dark thriller, and it contains two of the best 'kill shot' scenes in recent years.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 27, 2006
Miami Vice is a dazzler.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 27, 2006
Miami Vice is a dark, grainy and heavy drama and so super-serious and smoky thick it could be called Miasma Vice.
| Original Score: C
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
July 27, 2006
... it's a little perverse that the big-screen adaptation of Miami Vice, an '80s cop show remembered for its decadent beachfront locales and pastel color scheme, turns out to be the summer's least frivolous movie.
| Original Score: B+
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 26, 2006
Miami Vice, as entertaining as some of it is, is so cool that it's almost too cool. It takes the sin, and much of the juice, out of vice.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 26, 2006
Miami Vice is crummy, pointless and brain-dead. No revelation there. But I didn't expect it to be so boring.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 26, 2006
As cop movies go, Miami Vice does interesting things with unoriginal material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
July 26, 2006
It's so self-serious at times, it'll prompt you to laugh out loud at moments that aren't supposed to be funny. Which is a total letdown because, theoretically, this is Michael Mann's pure, true vision.
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Scott Foundas
Village Voice
July 25, 2006
In a career marked by an obsession with the intricacies of law enforcement and criminal activity, this may be Mann's most brutally efficient policier yet.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
July 24, 2006
I couldn't take my eyes off the screen. It's a sensational trip -- gorgeous, gaga.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
July 24, 2006
Miami Vice delivers the thrills, atmosphere and romance it promises, but it doesn't resonate like major Mann.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
July 24, 2006
Mann is good at action, especially when it comes to surprises -- the sudden blossoming of blood behind a gunned-down bad guy, the mighty explosion that we aren't expecting.
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David Denby
New Yorker
July 24, 2006
This Miami Vice is a grim genre exercise -- fascinating, certainly, and impressive at times, but only intermittently enjoyable.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
July 24, 2006
The visuals are arresting, but Michael Mann's update on the quintessentially '80s series is an otherwise glum and glummer proposition.
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Brian Lowry
Variety
July 23, 2006
Vice revels in the creative latitude that an R-rated feature provides without departing from the show's rudimentary structure.