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5.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 260 Ratings

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  1. Negative: 95 out of 260

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  1. Nov 26, 2011
    3
    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
  2. Nov 11, 2012
    9
    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.
  3. May 25, 2012
    9
    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
  4. 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 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
  5. Mar 3, 2012
    0
    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
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 37
  2. Negative: 3 out of 37
  1. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    80
    It's a sensational trip -- gorgeous, gaga.
  2. 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.
  3. A darker, grittier creature that, while benefiting considerably from Dion Beebe's HD cinematography, is a frustratingly inert affair -- a long and talky excursion that fails to engage the viewer from the outset.