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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    100
    Stunningly made and incisively acted by a large and terrific cast, Michael Mann's ambitious study of the relativity of good and evil stands apart from other films of its type by virtue of its extraordinarily rich characterizations and its thoughtful, deeply melancholy take on modern life.
  2. 100
    A sleek, accomplished piece of work, meticulously controlled and completely involving. The dark end of the street doesn't get much more inviting than this.
  3. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    90
    A stunning crime drama that shares its protagonists' rabid attention to detail—and love of adrenalin.
  4. Time
    Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    80
    A lot of very good actors...do honest, probing work in a context where, typically, less will do.
  5. Film.com
    Reviewed by: Andy Speltzer
    70
    Someone should confiscate Mann's synthesizer. Just when a scene starts rolling along, this synth beat fades in and destroys the mood.
  6. Film.com
    Reviewed by: Sean Means
    60
    A cool and rather detached movie...Heat generates lots of energy but gives off little light.
  7. Reviewed by: Andrew Ross
    30
    A 3 hour fusillade of cliches.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 53
  2. Negative: 4 out of 53
  1. Jul 18, 2012
    10
    This movie is an amazing spectacle. It manages to be an action movie, a drama, a crime flick, and a beautifully filmed majestic epic all atThis movie is an amazing spectacle. It manages to be an action movie, a drama, a crime flick, and a beautifully filmed majestic epic all at once. Some may argue that it is not paced fast enough; I tell you to go enjoy your "ADD fix" with Family Guy or Transformers 2. Mann manages to capture the soul of almost all of these characters, and provide you a look into who they are, and why they act like they do. The action scenes that are there are not simply throw away, they build upon what has happened before, and help reveal a little more about the world that these criminals and cops both inhabit. Expand
  2. CollinP
    Jul 1, 2009
    10
    This movie is an amazing spectacle. It manages to be an action movie, a drama, a crime flick, and a beautifully filmed majestic epic all at This movie is an amazing spectacle. It manages to be an action movie, a drama, a crime flick, and a beautifully filmed majestic epic all at once. Some may argue that it is not paced fast enough; I tell you to go enjoy your "ADD fix" with Family Guy or Transformers 2. Mann manages to capture the soul of almost all of these characters, and provide you a look into who they are, and why they act like they do. The action scenes that are there are not simply throw away, they build upon what has happened before, and help reveal a little more about the world that these criminals and cops both inhabit. Expand
  3. Feb 8, 2011
    10
    Two of the most talented actors in the history of film in a head to head fight with each other. That's basically what your going to expectTwo of the most talented actors in the history of film in a head to head fight with each other. That's basically what your going to expect from "Heat". However underneath it is so much more, these are deep and intelligent characters who struggle with society and it's definitions of morality. At the end you will care for both Pacino (The Cop) and DeNiro (The Robber) as they have a lot of smart things to teach us about human nature and people in general. This is all thanks to fantastic dialogue and acting. Absolutely worth seeing, one of my favourites from 1995 Expand
  4. RobertH.
    Jun 10, 2007
    9
    Heat is one of the best crime films of all time.
  5. Oct 26, 2013
    9
    The frying pan and the fire. When to sacrifice, when to cut bait. Detached professionalism versus personal values. Delayed gratification; nowThe frying pan and the fire. When to sacrifice, when to cut bait. Detached professionalism versus personal values. Delayed gratification; now or never. Loyalty and selling out. Heat is a crime drama exploring the many-sided nature of commitment. Very slick appearance, meticulous action scenes that build tension through pace, dialogue that accomplishes much with very little. An excellent film, and it's stacked with acting talent from top to bottom. Expand
  6. Jan 27, 2015
    8
    A ferocious Pacino and a surgically calculating De Niro face off in "Heat," Michael Mann's epic crime saga filled with a iconicallyA ferocious Pacino and a surgically calculating De Niro face off in "Heat," Michael Mann's epic crime saga filled with a iconically invigorating set pieces, crackling chemistry, and a final act that will leave you agog. Expand
  7. JaredC.
    Oct 7, 2007
    0
    A nice choice of actor's, too long of a plot, boring, dull, and cliched with many flaws. Salon.com says everything by saying 6 words, a A nice choice of actor's, too long of a plot, boring, dull, and cliched with many flaws. Salon.com says everything by saying 6 words, a three hour fullisade of cliches. Expand

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