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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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Score distribution:
  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: 71 out of 131
  2. Negative: 48 out of 131
  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. BenS.
    Aug 1, 2006
    7
    Fun and exciting! Michael Mann is a great visual and stylistic director. Engaging action sequences.
  5. DaveC.
    Jul 29, 2006
    4
    Read: "Charlotte Observer - Lawrence Toppman"'s review at 38... It's right on! And the only reason why I gave it a rating as Read: "Charlotte Observer - Lawrence Toppman"'s review at 38... It's right on! And the only reason why I gave it a rating as favorable as a 4 is because the deaths look very cool... nothing else. Expand
  6. ShamilB.
    Aug 17, 2006
    2
    not worth the ticket. wait for it to come on DVD. Rent it if you have nothing better to do.
  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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