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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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Score distribution:
  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. 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]
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    70
    Belushi mines quick charm out of his surly role. And Arnold, starched tongue in cheek, is a doll: G.I. Joe in Soviet mufti. He could beat the stuffing out of a toy Rambo. [20 June 1988, p.88]
  5. Red Heat is directed in a fiery, muscular, pop-graphic style. And it has a James Horner score that puckishly mixes Prokofiev and rhythm and blues. But it's also a movie with a cramped interior. The action scenes seem to be squeezing out everything else, pressing the characters against the wall. [17 Jun 1988, p.1]
  6. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    63
    There's always something touching about the diligence with which Schwarzenegger soldiers through his assignments. There's a play of intelligence and decency in his eyes that exists quite independently of his bashing. Of the Hollywood tribe of virile fists, he's the one who seems most sensitive. [17 Jun 1988, p.31]
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Mar 12, 2015
    10
    Just rewatched it on Netflix and wow, what an amazing and ageless film. Loved it back in the 80's and love it even more today. AwesomeJust rewatched it on Netflix and wow, what an amazing and ageless film. Loved it back in the 80's and love it even more today. Awesome lines, Belushi and Arnold are brilliant, great chemistry. Acting by all is really fantastic and convincing. Red Heat easily earns a spot among my favorite Arnold films including T1, T2, and Predator. Expand
  2. Dec 27, 2014
    10
    This movie is absolutely great.Arnold Schwarzenegger fits the role fantastically and he really has some of great sentences in the film and itThis movie is absolutely great.Arnold Schwarzenegger fits the role fantastically and he really has some of great sentences in the film and it has funny scenes such as when that drunk hobo guy comes to Arnold and asks for money for parking and Arnold hits him and says "hooligani".This film is a very nice thriller with awesome and funny moments and cast is very good.James Belushi is a fantastic choice and without him this movie wouldn't be as near as good as it is.This is a classic! Expand
  3. 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 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
  4. Jan 2, 2015
    4
    Um decepcionante filme de Schwarzenegger,um filme de ação fraco sem piadas boas,ainda conta com uma história fraca executadamente sem sucessoUm decepcionante filme de Schwarzenegger,um filme de ação fraco sem piadas boas,ainda conta com uma história fraca executadamente sem sucesso sem boas cenas de ação Expand

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