White Heat Reviews

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Top Critic
April 27, 2009
Brilliantly directed by Raoul Walsh, an old master of cinema hoodlumism, it returns a more subtle James Cagney to the kind of thug role that made him famous.
April 27, 2009
Cagney has an excellent supporting cast.
April 27, 2009
Raoul Walsh's heroes had a knack for going too far, but none went further than James Cagney in this roaring 1949 gangster piece.
Top Critic
January 26, 2006
Despite chronology (deranged by the censor's influence on the studios), this is really the fitting climax of the '30s gangster movie.
May 20, 2003
The simple fact is that Mr. Cagney has made his return to a gangster role in one of the most explosive pictures that he or anyone has ever played.
November 29, 2018
Before White Heat, no gangster film had featured anybody like Cody Jarrett.
September 14, 2017
The star of the show is undoubtedly Cagney, whose performance raises White Heat above typical cops 'n' robbers fare into an intense study of a psychologically troubled character.
April 27, 2009
Magnificent examination of the criminal mind and Cagney's finest moment.
October 9, 2008
Cagney supercharges the entire film with frenetic energy.
April 5, 2006
Its archetypal influence on later films like Goodfellas and the Al Pacino Scarface is striking, even if we can never again experience how new and bold it was back in its day....
April 5, 2006
Part of the six-disc Warner Gangsters Collection, White Heat arrives on DVD struck from a print that's a real beauty. The image is nearly flawless, cleaner and truer by miles than any previous edition perhaps since its original theatrical run.
November 22, 2005
Cagney, intenso como de hbito, cria um personagem que, apesar de sua bvia instabilidade psicolgica e de sua crueldade patolgica, conquista o espectador com sua carncia emocional.
October 21, 2005
August 14, 2005
Raoul Walsh's Freudian film is one of the fastest and toughest crime-gangster films ever made, boasting a bravura performance from James Cagney as a misogynist mama boy ("top of the world, Ma").
May 28, 2005
Film noir masterpiece, with brilliant direction and visual style
March 21, 2005
Cagney gives an utterly ferocious performance, arguably his finest, as Cody Jarrett, a psychotic gangster with an unholy mother fixation.
February 24, 2005
Walsh makes parts of it seem almost documentary in style when the script delves into police procedural work, but mostly the film is all Cagney, coming apart at the seams.
February 24, 2005
White Heat is vigorous and uncompromising. Cagney is all kinetic energy and raw nerve.
February 5, 2005
If you're looking for Cagney's best gangster role ever, you got it right here, on the top of the world.
February 4, 2005
If you were James Cagney's mother, would you have rubbed the back of his neck? I didn't think so.
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