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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: 46 out of 50
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 50
  3. Negative: 4 out of 50
  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. 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 breathlessThe 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. JLiddy
    Jun 8, 2006
    10
    Best action flick period. It has everything, a brilliant cast. A great underrated sleeper.
  4. 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'tQuite 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
  5. Dec 13, 2012
    9
    The result is epic. Michael Mann's crime drama masterpiece quickly transcends from the LAPD pursuing criminals into like minded professionalsThe 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
  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 absolutelyI 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 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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