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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. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    It's a sensational trip -- gorgeous, gaga.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Unlike most TV-to-movie transitions, Mann returns to his roots and delivers what amounts to a slightly overblown episode, brimming with style and characteristically short on substance.
  5. Miami Vice is the last of the predicted summer blockbusters, and it delivers a reasonable amount of popcorn excitement. But if nostalgia for the TV show is the source of your interest, expect some disappointment.
  6. 60
    It's about guns and sex and fast boats, and, baffling as it is at times, it's still the kind of brutal fantasy that many of us relish a great deal more than yet another aerated digital dream.
  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: 69 out of 128
  2. Negative: 48 out of 128
  1. Nov 13, 2013
    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 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. May 25, 2012
    From a narrative perspective, Miami Vice is average to below average. From a technical perspective, the film is perfection. The cinematography and action set pieces in this film are incredible, and shot with a style that only Michael Mann has. This isn't a movie for the mainstream audience, nor is it a straight-up action film as it was marketed. The story isn't quick in its pace or particularly compelling, but coming from someone who enjoys Michael Mann films because of the way he films, I loved this movie. Expand
  3. Nov 11, 2012
    Miami Vice is a truly excellent film from Micheal Mann. It's superbly acted and beautifully shot. The gun-play is satisfyingly meaty and intense but the real heart of this movie is the chemistry that blossoms between Gong Li and Colin Farrell. A phenomenal film from start to finish. Expand
  4. Jun 14, 2014
    M. Mann's movies are not suited for everyone and this one proves it. Dark atmosphere, lack of humor and general seriousness are showing not only Miami behind the scenes but also hardship of PD in drug wars.
    Many people are not satisfied with Collin and Jamie as Sonny and Rico, for their characters have little or none resemblance to original show, but i couldn't care less. Sonny and Rico are cool and smooth in this flick but also serious because situation ask for it. People are dying, cartel is going for their friends so there is noting to be funny about. Action scenes in this movie are most realistic that i' ve seen on big screen except Tropa de Elite. That alone said, if you like Bad Boys or Expendables and you expecting something like those movies, this one isn't for you.
    Locations are great, from Cuba to Miami to Columbia and Haiti. Soundtrack is best, totally suited the movie and scenes.
    Downside to this movie is un development of the characters, especially Sonny and Rico but acting of whole cast makes up for it, with akcent on Gong LI and Luis Tosar.
    To sum it up : This movie is not for everyone and it's not trying to be. Mann knows what he want 's and delivers it, like it or not. Just like Sonny and Rico.
  5. Nov 26, 2011
    Other than the names and setting, the movie incarnation of Miami Vice seems to have very little in common with the show that inspired it, which I imagine will disappoint anyone who checked it out hoping for some retro reminiscing. The acting was extremely stiff, the plot was uninteresting and extremely cliched, and the setting was far too modern. While there was a couple decent action scenes and some may like the "romances" - but you'd be better off watching some re-runs of the original series or better made action movies. Expand
  6. Mar 3, 2012
    Are you kidding me? You remake Miami Vice and play it totally straight??? There's not a single moment of wink-at-the-camera humor, no recognizable references to the TV show (besides their names), no cameos... nothing! All you end up with is a listless, uninspired snooze-fest featuring some of the grainiest picture quality I've seen since the last time I watched an extended-play VHS tape. Atrocious handheld work makes the frame shake violently even during slow dialogue scenes, which is about 95% of this film. Michael Mann has always taken as much time as he wants to tell his stories, but at 134 minutes, Miami Vice is a bloated, boring, sleep-inducing nightmare that is nothing like Miami Vice I love... or the Michael Mann I love for that matter. Good grief!!! Expand

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