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The Heat Reviews

January 6, 2014
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.
August 8, 2013
Director Paul Feig, whose Bridesmaids upended notions of what a raunchy ensemble comedy could be, does it again here with another genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 30, 2013
If you've never seen the point of Sandra Bullock, watch this.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 8, 2013
There are only two reasons to see The Heat. But they are formidable reasons, and they go by the names of Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 3, 2013
Yes, it's a cop-buddy film, and of course there is a case to be solved. But nobody cares about the familiarity of the premise. You get the sense that Paul Feig doesn't care either.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 1, 2013
If you've never seen Sandra Bullock blow a peanut shell out of her nose, and you'd like to, The Heat is your movie.
July 1, 2013
The many formulas never mesh, and some formidable actors stumble trying to keep pace with its out-of-synch meters.
June 28, 2013
If this were funny, The Heat would add up to your average buddy-cop comedy. Except that it's not funny, at least not very and not often.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 28, 2013
There's an edgy but rewarding chemistry between Bullock and McCarthy that makes me wish they were attached to a less foul-tasting premise.
June 28, 2013
Laughter can be magical. It can also be crass. In the formidable person of Melissa McCarthy it is typically both. And no director seems to know what to do with that tension quite like Paul Feig.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 28, 2013
It's not really such a great achievement to have women cops in the movies acting as boorish and rowdy as their male counterparts.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
June 28, 2013
... a rapid-fire script and the inspired pairing of Bullock and McCarthy make 'The Heat' one of the funniest films of the year so far.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
June 28, 2013
The Heat come, they conquer, and they leave you laughing.
June 28, 2013
Bullock has played this role so many times you wonder why she's bothering. And while McCarthy can be brilliant in small doses, her foul-mouthed tough gal bit wears thin quickly.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
June 28, 2013
[Feig] clearly enjoys the spectacle of women behaving badly, and gives his stars - and particularly McCarthy - plenty of room and improv time to knock back shots, bust a move and beat up men until they squeal like little girls.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 27, 2013
Give these ladies a genuinely smart, funny script -- and give McCarthy more to play than what has become a tiresome tomboy shtick -- and there's no telling what liberated heights they can reach.
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
June 27, 2013
It's a slob comedy that goes with crippling speed from smart to dumb and then from dumber to dumbest.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
June 27, 2013
Bullock specializes in awkward and uptight, McCarthy in aggressive and unfiltered. "The Heat" makes the most of those differences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 27, 2013
The Heat is the best female buddy-cop movie since, well, ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 27, 2013
The cookie-cutter plot might have worked if the jokes were good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
June 27, 2013
[The stars] deserve a much stronger showcase than this Laurel & Hardy Go Policin' vehicle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 27, 2013
Bullock can do a double-takes better than any actress working today, and boy, does force-of-nature McCarthy give her plenty to work with.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 27, 2013
McCarthy owns this movie, but nearly everyone in it is hilarious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 27, 2013
The Heat is fresher than a lot of the male-centric movies it takes off from, because there's little about aggressive guy banter that hasn't been worn to the ground by Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 27, 2013
Employs any and all means necessary to get at least a chuckle out of most scenes in the nearly two-hour running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.9/10
June 27, 2013
The Heat is kind of a mess, but it's a funny mess.
June 27, 2013
From the moment she barrels onto the scene like a cannonball of crudity, McCarthy makes it clear that this movie is hers to make or break. And she knocks it right out of Fenway Park ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 27, 2013
"The Heat" has been engineered to deliver the laughs, and the result certainly does, despite coming alarmingly near to botching the procedural elements along the way.
June 27, 2013
A crude, low-brow audience-pleaser that will hit the funny bones of both performers' fan bases ...
June 27, 2013
"The Heat" is a good movie and a successful action comedy, and it arrives just in time for Melissa McCarthy... (it) is something of a formula comedy, but it's inspired, too - and the inspiration is in the combining of these two actresses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 27, 2013
There probably won't be a funnier movie this year that features female bonding, drunken dancing, grenade launchers and a seriously botched emergency tracheotomy.
June 27, 2013
The volatile chemistry between Ms. McCarthy and Ms. Bullock is something to behold, and carries "The Heat" through its lazy conception and slapdash execution.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
June 27, 2013
With so few women afforded the opportunity to steer the course of a movie - any movie, on screen or off - even a formulaic vehicle such as "The Heat" arrives as a surprise and a relief.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 27, 2013
"The Heat" would be a fairly ordinary entry in the female buddy cop genre except ... there is no genre yet. Happily, Melissa McCarthy may single-handedly change that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 27, 2013
It's a buddy-cop comedy that deserves to share a locker room with "The Other Guys" and "21 Jump Street."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 27, 2013
If you're going to make a dopey, bawdy, foul-mouthed, predictable lady-buddy-cop movie, you might as well make it funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 27, 2013
There's a discussion to be had about why this is the only major movie this summer with two women in the lead roles - but it's hard to have a serious discussion when you're laughing.
June 27, 2013
An unevenly matched buddy-cop comedy that amounts to a feature-length showcase for Melissa McCarthy riffing.
Read More | Original Score: C+