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  • Summary: Two cops, one from Russia, the other from Chicago, team up to capture a Russian drug dealer hiding out somewhere in America.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. 75
    The film is punctuated by violence, a great deal of violence, although most of it is exaggerated comic-book style instead of being truly gruesome. Walking that fine line is a speciality of Hill, who once simulated the sound of a fist on a chin by making tape recordings of Ping-Pong paddles slapping leather sofas.
  2. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    75
    Hill has gotten Schwarzenegger to give one of the best performances of his career, and Belushi too is thoroughly convincing as an action hero. RED HEAT is a welcome break from the shallow shoot-'em-ups that became the standard in the 1980s.
  3. The world of his films may be violent, but Hill's vision is a delicate, subtle one-of individuals packing away the tiny bit of meaning and emotion life has granted them, and fighting to protect it at all costs. It's not a sentiment that can survive in cartoons; that it emerges at all in Red Heat is a tribute to Hill's still great talent. [17 Jun 1988, p.A]
  4. Thanks to a fairly good script, this thriller about a Soviet cop sent to Chicago to apprehend a Soviet drug dealer is a respectable enough star vehicle.
  5. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    70
    Schwarzenegger, who when he dons a green suit is dubbed 'Gumby' by Belushi, is right on target with his characterization of the iron-willed soldier, and Belushi proves a quicksilver foil.
  6. Red Heat, the new Arnold Schwarzenegger action movie, avoids most of the usual action-movie gimmicks and is better for it. It co-stars Jim Belushi and opens around town today. [17 Jun 1988, p.E1]
  7. 10
    Red Heat is poorly, or even indifferently, made. It's a joyless exercise, and too much angry resignation seeps in for it to be very funny or very entertaining.

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  1. JayH.
    Jul 5, 2009
    6
    Uneasy blend of comedy and action, but it does entertain. Arnold Schwarzenegger is fair, James Belushi is much better and well cast. Some nice location scenery in Moscow and Chicago. The plot is a little far fetched, but then again, that's fairly routine for Schwarzenegger. Expand

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