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Universal acclaim- based on 181 Ratings

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    100
    Heat is in the cop-movie pantheon with Akira Kurosawa's "High and Low," and that's as "right" as the genre gets.
  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. There's nothing really new...but it has craft, pacing, and an overall sense of proportion, three pretty rare classic virtues nowadays.
  5. 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. 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: 41 out of 45
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 45
  3. Negative: 4 out of 45
  1. Jul 21, 2011
    10
    Quite simply a modern classic. I honestly think that in years to come this film will be regarded as a masterpiece of its genre (if that isn't already the case). Oh, and the ending with Moby's 'God Moving Over the Face of the Waters' playing in the background is, in my opinion, the greatest ending to any movie I've ever seen. Expand
  2. Jul 21, 2013
    10
    The movie is a perfect metaphor for both the good and bad elements depicted: long periods of time spent idling punctuated by breathless moments chasing or escaping. The ultimate confrontation is one of the best bank robbery scenes ever shown on screen. Expand
  3. 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 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
  4. Dec 13, 2012
    9
    The result is epic. Michael Mann's crime drama masterpiece quickly transcends from the LAPD pursuing criminals into like minded professionals going about their business. Two expert tradesmen on opposite sides of the law, a virtual dance if you will, keeping in step with one another. Their unrelenting devotion to their profession and the ramifications (colleagues and crew members as well), leaves the only other people in their lives in devastation. Neil (DeNiro) disobeys a dictum taught to him long ago by a mentor, which inevitably leads to the suspenseful ending. "Heat" is actually a remake for Michael Mann. It was originally shot as Movie for TV called "LA Takedown". Expand
  5. Sep 29, 2011
    8
    "Heat" is a action movie you should watch. It has the quiet moments of Japanese movies and the blazing-gun moments of American movies. Michael Mann is a great director, but I think this is his best one yet. Expand
  6. May 5, 2014
    8
    This Michael Mann masterpiece is not just an "action movie" it's a movie full of great camera work and complex dialogue and with great lines from De Niro, Pacino and the well casted supporting roles, Heat is a movie that is not trapped in cliches and it's one of the great achievements in the action genre. Expand
  7. Jun 15, 2014
    0
    The only thing "Heat" is good for
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