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  • Summary: The cocaine cowboys of the 80's are gone, but Miami's Casablanca allure, the undercover cops and the attitudes of Michael Mann's culturally influential television series have been enhanced by time in the feature film version of Miami Vice. (Universal Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 25 out of 37
  2. Negative: 3 out of 37
  1. 91
    It sheds the series' famous and influential pastel look and plunges its cast of villains and warriors into the 21st century.
  2. Sensual and scary, the movie is so visually textured you feel as though you're brushing against the screen.
  3. Mixing pop savvy with startling formal ambition, Mr. Mann transforms what is essentially a long, fairly predictable cop-show episode into a dazzling (and sometimes daft) Wagnerian spectacle.
  4. 70
    Mann turns Miami Vice into an exploration of tone and mood, and he makes that enough.
  5. Reviewed by: Ethan Alter
    63
    Just when the plot should start coming together, the pacing goes slack and the narrative gets bogged down in routine cop-movie clich├ęs.
  6. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    60
    Dark, detailed and only really gets going when the gunplay starts.
  7. 30
    Perhaps vice isn't what it used to be, or maybe Crockett and Tubbs just aren't all that interesting when removed from their appropriate time slot, but this may well be the dreariest and most monochromatic time you'll have at the movies all summer.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 70 out of 130
  2. Negative: 48 out of 130
  1. Nov 13, 2013
    10
    Miami Vice is hands down one of my favorite films of all time. I don't quite understand why it was never received well but I think it's justMiami Vice is hands down one of my favorite films of all time. I don't quite understand why it was never received well but I think it's just amazing. Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx are both great, as well are the rest of the supporting cast, Michael Mann did an incredible job directing the movie, the plot develops well and is very interesting, the action scenes are done brilliantly, etc. Honestly, I don't think there's a single flaw in the movie. It's definitely different, so I guess some people expected something else. It's not your typical action flick, that's for sure. It's almost more of an action-thriller in how it's filmed and presented to the viewer. The shaky cam and camera angles and effects work when used because of the overall feel. I'm not saying everyone will love it because it is a bit slower and replaces dialogue with introspection from the actors forcing the audience to pick up on the subtleties and nuances of the plot's development. Those things aren't in your face so some people might get bored with it. Not me. I thought it was great. Expand
  2. AnthonyV.
    Jul 28, 2006
    9
    This was a grat action filled movie. I was on my seat every minute.
  3. DenisC.
    Nov 26, 2006
    9
    A slow burning effort, actually improves on the second viewing. Kudos to Michael Mann for doing something different, on this evidence he is A slow burning effort, actually improves on the second viewing. Kudos to Michael Mann for doing something different, on this evidence he is still one of the best directors in movies today. Expand
  4. Droog
    Jul 28, 2006
    7
    I can honestly say I've never seen an action movie quite like Miami Vice. It avoids the cliches of most Hollywood buddy cop films -- I can honestly say I've never seen an action movie quite like Miami Vice. It avoids the cliches of most Hollywood buddy cop films -- disjointed dialogue that serves as plot summary, partners screaming into each other's faces, villains dangling off helicoptors, etc. -- and instead delivers a raw, visceral movie oozing with style. There is no neat, little plot wrapped in a red bow for the audience; Miami Vice's storyline is byzantine and complex, breathlessly following tangent upon tangent while refusing to fully explain itself. Some may find this frustrating. I actually find it refreshing. This movie, like life, doesn't follow a straight line. Michael Mann supplements the film's realism with grainy camera shots, unflinching narc-dialogue, and entire scenes that unfold through silence and a stare. This is one of those rare movies where more is said through silence than in words, and rarer still that it comes in an action film. And come to think of it there isn't as much action as buildup and suspense. When the action does come though, it's absolutely explosive. The final 40 minutes or so is riveting stuff, with gunshots popping and and blood spattering the camera. Once again Mann's cinemetography brings you right into the heart of the action. All this said, Miami Vice is not a perfect movie. There are some cheesy scenes sprinkled here and there, and the film moves so fast that it's hard to develop a genuine connection with either Sonny or Tubbs, let alone any else. But overall any deficiences are more than compensated by the moody cinematography, understated performances, and original angle of this film. Expand
  5. LonnieB.
    Jul 26, 2006
    4
    As a fan of the television show and of Michael Mann's previous films, I was really looking forward to seeing Miami Vice... As a fan of the television show and of Michael Mann's previous films, I was really looking forward to seeing Miami Vice... unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed by the film and surprised with the flaws of the film. First let me start with the positives: 1. Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx - ... these two really did a good job of playing their roles and it didn't take me long to accept them as Crockett and Tubbs. 2. I was also really impressed with how some of the scenes were shot... from the boating scenes, to the exotic locations, to the shootout scenes which are pretty graphic, but defintely worth seeing. Unfortunately, the negatives of the film overshadow the positives... One of the surprises about Vice is how badly the film is edited which was very disappointing since Mann's other films didn't necessarily have this problem. The other surprise is problems with the dialogue.... there are moments when the dialogue is confusing, but surprisingly, there are other moments when you just can't hear the dialogue. Also I was a bit disappointed in the casting of Gong Li. She's a wonderful actress and does a good job in this film, but somehow, the casting of her in this role didn't work for me. Finally, the plot of the film is a bit hard to follow(due to the dialuge/editing problems mentioned above) and also, don't expect an action film that is nonstop as this is really a brooding drama with action scenes. In conclusion, Miami Vice the movie in 2006 is like Miami Vice the TV show during its last few seasons on the air... great looking, but seriously flawed and recommended only to fans of the old TV show, actors or filmmaker. Expand
  6. JamesS.
    Aug 9, 2006
    2
    Terrible! Walked out. Zero chemistry between love interests. Uninteresting dialogue, boring action, worst movie i've seen in a while.
  7. OmarK.
    Jul 29, 2006
    0
    Absolute garbage... The realism within gun battles was refreshing and intense, but every other part of the movie was a mockery. The BS Absolute garbage... The realism within gun battles was refreshing and intense, but every other part of the movie was a mockery. The BS connection between Farrell and the Asian woman ruined half of the movie. 3 thumbs down. Expand

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