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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. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    80
    A lot of very good actors...do honest, probing work in a context where, typically, less will do.
  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: 44 out of 48
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 48
  3. Negative: 4 out of 48
  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. Jul 20, 2013
    9
    Definitely one of the most epic crime films. Fantastic acting, good story and some epic action. It manages to keep your attention throughoutDefinitely one of the most epic crime films. Fantastic acting, good story and some epic action. It manages to keep your attention throughout despite being a long film. It's suspenseful, deep and eventful. The characters are well-developed, and there's a perfect balance between action and story. At first there seems to be two unrelated movies in one going on at the same time, but the way it comes together, and especially the moment when the two main characters meet makes for a great scene. Overall, Heat is not a shallow action film, but isn't hard to follow or boring to watch. There aren't any points where you feel the time is wasted. Every minute of the film is put to good use and offers variety, rather than focusing purely on action or purely on developing the backstory for the characters. Al Pacino and Robert De Niro did a tremendous job in this film, and made it a must-watch. Expand
  6. Dec 13, 2013
    8
    Awesome film. Pacino and De Niro put together fantastic performances that truly make the movie, as well as complimentary great performancesAwesome film. Pacino and De Niro put together fantastic performances that truly make the movie, as well as complimentary great performances from the rest of the cast. Michael Mann outdid himself in directing this flick. 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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