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Universal acclaim- based on 193 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: 43 out of 47
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 47
  3. Negative: 4 out of 47
  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 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. Sep 22, 2014
    10
    Heat was and is an instant classic. Any movie with Pacino and Deniro is clearly a classic masterpiece.
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  3. JLiddy
    Jun 8, 2006
    10
    Best action flick period. It has everything, a brilliant cast. A great underrated sleeper.
  4. 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 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
  5. Jan 8, 2012
    9
    Al Pacino/Robert De Niro. Un face à face de légende. Voilà ce qu'aurait pu être Heat, un simple polar qui décide de lancer un duel entre deux monstres du cinéma. Mais c'était sans compter le grand talent du réalisateur Michael Mann, qui nous livre un film imposant. Avec un casting en or (Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore, Ashley Judd, Jon Voight...), une mise en scène en béton, une bande son dantesque et surtout un scénario travaillé à la perfection (rarement on s'était autant intéressé à la vie de chaque personnage de cette manière dans un tel film), Heat reste l'un des polars les plus grandioses qui puissent exister, et ce n'est pas sa durée (2h50) qui pourra rendre ce véritable chef-d'oeuvre ennuyeux. Un véritable coup de maître! Expand
  6. Dec 29, 2012
    8
    I can understand if this isn't your type of movie. But to give it a negative review, let alone a zero -- that just shows you have absolutely no clue about films or cinema. Yes, there are some "cliches", but what do you expect from a cop/robber film? They weren't trying to reinvent crime here, they were trying to show the lives of a highly proficient crime ring and an obsessed FBI agent, and the people in their circles that their actions affect. And the movie does an outstanding job of this. This is not a pure action film by any stretch, yet it has some excellent action scenes. If you're looking for fast-paced, high-action, over-utilized CGI, there are plenty of crappy films out there to satisfy you. This is more of a slowly unfolding drama with actual character development and meaningful underlying story-lines (an art lost in present-day action films). And the odd part is that it actually has you rooting for the "bad guys" by the end. In fact, just writing this review makes me want to go watch it again! 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 three hour fullisade of cliches. Expand

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