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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 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. ShaneB
    Jun 17, 2009
    10
    Films like Heat are the reason I love films. This is just a fantastic film, a non-stop trill ride that never stops the action to tell the story. The film has an intense and engaging plot. Criminal Neil McCauley(played by Robert De Niro) leads a team of robbers on a armored car heist to rob 1.6 million dollars in bearer bonds. All goes well until one of the robbers, Waingro, murders a guard, which forces the criminals to muder the rest of the guards. This enrages McCauley, who tries to have Waingro murdered later outside of a diner, but Waingro manages to escape. Meanwhile, hot on their trail is Lieutenant Vincent Hanna(played by Al Pacino), an LAPD homicide detective who has been on McCauleys trail for quite some time. This leads to a thrilling cat-and-mouse game between McCauley and Hanna. This film is very well acted by Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Val Kimer and the cinematography is absolutle top notch. Heat is a brilliantly made film and a top contender for one one of the best films of the 90's. Expand
  3. Mar 1, 2013
    10
    Heat is an astonishing crime drama. Expertly directed by Micheal Mann, Heat features knockout performances from both Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino. The action sequences are also incredible, with the centerpiece shootout in downtown L.A probably being the best gun-battle ever committed to film. Heat fires on all cylinders at all times and is quite simply one of the best movies ever made. 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; 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. 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. 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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