The Heat


The Heat

Critics Consensus

The Heat is predictable, but Melissa McCarthy is reliably funny and Sandra Bullock proves a capable foil.



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Uptight FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) and foul-mouthed Boston cop Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy) couldn't be more incompatible. But when they join forces to bring down a ruthless drug lord, they become the last thing anyone expected: buddies. From Paul Feig, director of "Bridesmaids." (c) Fox

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Cary "Big Shug" Guy
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Don Orsillo
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Adam Ray
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Diane Aska
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Joey McIntyre
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Michael B. Tucci
as Mr. Mullins
Bill Burr
as Mark Mullins
Nathan Corddry
as Michael Mullins
Miriam Tolan
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Ben Falcone
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Joe Stapleton
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Joe Garland
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Critic Reviews for The Heat

All Critics (177) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (114) | Rotten (63)

  • McCarthy's an actress who needs a foil, and for now Bullock is more than good enough. I just wish these two had found each other 10 years ago.

    Jan 6, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Director Paul Feig, whose Bridesmaids upended notions of what a raunchy ensemble comedy could be, does it again here with another genre.

    Aug 8, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • This terrific vehicle for the perfectly mismatched comic stylings of Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy isn't a hilarious girl-power trip. It's simply hilarious.

    Aug 2, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The Heat is lean, mean and completely uninterested in anything that isn't funny.

    Aug 1, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The bland visuals and point-and-shoot directorial style mean that not much sticks in the mind, but 'The Heat II' would be an entirely welcome proposition.

    Jul 31, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • If you've never seen the point of Sandra Bullock, watch this.

    Jul 30, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

    Time Out
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Heat

  • Aug 20, 2016
    I was expecting this McCarthy-Bullock flick to be a raunchy farce, but it's actually a pretty solid buddy-cop movie about friendship, ethics, and redemption.
    Alice S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 20, 2014
    I enjoyed this more than I thought I would regardless of how silly it was. Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy are some of the best comedians in the business and they gel really well together in "The Heat."
    Chihoe H Super Reviewer
  • Dec 26, 2013
    An outrageously funny and ridiculously enjoyable good time. A fast, frequently funny and very entertaining buddy comedy. Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy are a sensational comic duo. They work surprisingly well together and deliver some great lines of dialogue and big laughs. McCarthy of course steals the show with her comic charisma.
    Al S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 27, 2013
    Funny stuff! I got a lot of chuckles from this unlikely duo. Sandra Bullock is ALWAYS entertaining, even when the script isn't. Melissa McCarthay is a freaking hoot in this!. She really didn't have to drop the F-bomb nearly as much as she did, but it didn't seem to bother me as much as some other movies. Guess I was going along for the fun ride that it was...
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer

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