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The Heat Reviews

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Nathan Bartlebaugh
The Film Stage
August 8, 2016
In the cinematic world of worthwhile cop partnerships, The Heat is just an addled rookie.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Emma Johnston
Total Film
July 16, 2013
It's down to the two leads to charm their way through the clichés. They half manage it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Curtis Woloschuk
Willamette Week
June 27, 2013
The Heat may be the most tragic blunder since Pryzbylewski gunned down that plainclothes cop in Season 3 of The Wire.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Greg Evans
Bloomberg News
June 28, 2013
Standard-issue for the point-and-shoot style that trains a camera on improvising actors. The outtakes might be hilarious.
Sam Fragoso
Movie Mezzanine
February 1, 2014
Deserving neither a love letter nor an autopsy, Paul Feig's fifth directorial feature is as aggressively average a movie as I've seen in recent memory.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Top Critic
Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
June 27, 2013
It's disappointing that "The Heat" doesn't do more than take an established film template - in this case, the buddy-cop flick - throw in a Tarantino-size helping of F-bombs, cast a couple of women and call it a day.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
August 5, 2013
You're left with an above average buddy cop movie, a few sharp gags and the conclusion that there must be a better way to get men laughing with women than have them inhabiting written-as-male roles.
Kenneth R. Morefield
Christianity Today
June 30, 2013
Writing jokes is hard. Writing potentially funny situations is marginally easier, but only because the potential doesn't have to be realized before the paycheck is cashed.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Siobhan Synnot
July 29, 2013
The screenplay, by Parks and Recreation writer Katie Dippold, is gunning to be a female Lethal Weapon or 48 Hours. Unhappily, this includes slovenly plots about tracking down drug lords to warehouse hideouts, and jackhammer banter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jason Zingale
June 27, 2013
You know what would have been funny? If Bullock and McCarthy had switched roles... Instead, we got Miss Congeniality 3: Boston Boogaloo.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
June 27, 2013
A stumbling, aggressively loud and profane cop buddy picture in which Bullock and McCarthy struggle to wring 'funny' out of a script that isn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 8, 2015
Ms. Bullock as the aggressive brute and Ms. McCarthy as the straitlaced go-getter would have challenged these easy stereotypes and made them a tad less insulting to successful career women everywhere.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 16, 2013
But it's heartbreaking to watch McCarthy and Bullock work so hard to such little profit ... This is a movie that doesn't once do the unexpected thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 79/100
Top Critic
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 27, 2013
One wonders ... what the future holds for Ms. McCarthy's career if every new film is going to exploit her more shamelessly than the previous one.
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
June 27, 2013
With the film, Melissa McCarthy definitively cements her status as a legitimate comic talent, leaving her co-star stumbling behind in her wake.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers
June 28, 2013
No, "The Heat" didn't miss a single cop-buddy cliché. All it did was place two women in the roles instead of two men. Kudos for doing that, but give the women something to work with. Yuk!
Full Review | Original Score: D
Kirk Honeycutt
June 27, 2013
You can walk out for popcorn and not miss a thing. You can also simply walk out and not miss a thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3
Tim Grierson
Screen International
June 27, 2013
Unfortunately, beyond the gender shift, The Heat's principal characters aren't particularly funny creations.
Radheyan Simonpillai
NOW Toronto
June 27, 2013
With a screenplay so childish it might as well have been written in Crayola, The Heat is at its best when it simply gives the tremendously talented McCarthy room to improvise.
| Original Score: 2/5
Robert Levin
June 30, 2013
You've seen a lot of this before. These actors deserve better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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