Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 37
  2. Negative: 3 out of 37
  1. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Jun 27, 2013
    75
    With Bullock doing a variation on her Miss Congeniality geek-tomboy-who-has-to-bloom character, and McCarthy letting her acidly oddball observations rip, the two actresses make their interplay bubble.
  2. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Jun 27, 2013
    75
    The Heat, which provides enough opportunity for wholesale mayhem as well as laughs, is pretty much a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Jul 8, 2013
    63
    McCarthy is a force of comic nature. And she and Bullock mix it up like pros. In this dead-battery of a movie, these live-wires miraculously ignite sparks.
  4. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Jun 27, 2013
    75
    Don't believe the weak coming-attractions trailer. The inspired pairing of Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy makes for a successful action comedy.
  5. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jun 27, 2013
    60
    Every foul-mouthed joke [McCarthy] cracks, every unexpected physical gag she underplays, is so funny you forget how often we’ve seen this setup. Or, when it comes to women, how rarely.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Jun 28, 2013
    58
    It’s not really such a great achievement to have women cops in the movies acting as boorish and rowdy as their male counterparts, especially since the movie seems designed for a sequel. But then again, what movie these days – or at least this summer – isn’t?
  7. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Jun 27, 2013
    75
    If you’re going to make a dopey, bawdy, foul-mouthed, predictable lady-buddy-cop movie, you might as well make it funny. And until it overstays its welcome in the final half-hour, The Heat is shamefully funny.
  8. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Jun 27, 2013
    20
    Grotesque doesn't begin to describe Ms. McCarthy's new character. Scarily insane comes closer; repulsive occasionally applies. Mullins's insanity can be extremely funny from time to time, but her anger grows as punishing for the audience as it does for the victims of her unrestrained police work.
  9. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Jun 27, 2013
    75
    The Heat is the best female buddy-cop movie since, well, ever.
  10. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Jul 10, 2013
    70
    As a buddy-cop movie, The Heat seems almost deliberately generic, with boilerplate plotting carried across with zero panache. It wagers that McCarthy and Bullock’s comic energy will make all the difference—a smart bet, as it happens.
  11. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Jul 1, 2013
    50
    The movie -- too much of it -- is spent testing the boundaries of how loud and obnoxious McCarthy can be. Feig doesn't hand this able comic actress the gift of freedom; he simply gives her enough rope, which isn't nearly the same thing.
  12. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Jun 27, 2013
    50
    The volatile chemistry between Ms. McCarthy and Ms. Bullock is something to behold, and carries The Heat through its lazy conception and slapdash execution.
  13. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Jun 27, 2013
    75
    At its sharpest, The Heat actually moves and banters like a comedy, with sharply timed and edited dialogue sequences driven by a couple of pros ensuring a purposeful sense of momentum.
  14. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Jun 27, 2013
    70
    The script's simpleminded shenanigans notwithstanding, the two stars sync up better than their characters do, especially with some rough-and-tumble physical slapstick, resulting in a crude, low-brow audience-pleaser that will hit the funny bones of both performers' fan bases.
  15. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Jul 1, 2013
    50
    What is the point of making a movie that’s just like the dopiest, broadest and most reductive grade of guy-oriented comedy, except with women?
  16. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Jun 27, 2013
    50
    If this were funny, The Heat would add up to your average buddy-cop comedy. Except that it’s not funny, at least not very and not often.
  17. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Jun 27, 2013
    37
    Bullock and McCarthy and the chemistry they generate are far more compelling than the movie they’re in. Too often the sketches go on too long, and the coarse, abrasive tone quickly begins to feel repetitive and off-putting.
  18. Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    Jun 28, 2013
    63
    This profanely hilarious and tonally erratic spoof of buddy movies is funny as it begins in "Miss Congeniality 2" territory, funnier still as it zooms into "Lethal Weapon" climes. But it stops dead, and I mean that literally, when it takes a U-turn into a "Pulp Fiction" sinkhole of slapstick violence.
  19. 38
    Give it up for Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. You’ll never see them work harder at a comedy than in The Heat, a stumbling, aggressively loud and profane cop buddy picture where they struggle to wring “funny” out of a script that isn’t.
  20. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Jun 27, 2013
    75
    After watching the trailers, I was expecting torture, but this smart, subversive movie made me laugh. So shoot me.
  21. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Jun 26, 2013
    67
    More often than not The Heat is just stupid-funny, which circles us back to McCarthy, motor-mouthing four-letter fury like an operatic aria. She sells Mullins as delightfully unhinged and fairly radiating with rage, and it’s irresistible.
  22. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Jun 27, 2013
    60
    They (Bullock/McCarthy) deserve a much stronger showcase than this Laurel & Hardy Go Policin’ vehicle.
  23. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Jun 27, 2013
    70
    At times The Heat gets messy, and the comedy is not always pitch perfect. But they're cops. They're enemies. They're friends. They're opposites. It's funny.
  24. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Jun 27, 2013
    67
    When director Paul Feig — who revitalized feminine comedy with "Bridesmaids" — allows McCarthy's improvisational instincts to take over because, honestly, nobody else in the cast can stand up to her. McCarthy is the best thing about The Heat.
  25. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Jun 27, 2013
    70
    Breaking it down, The Heat has been engineered to deliver the laughs, and the result certainly does, despite coming alarmingly near to botching the procedural elements along the way.
  26. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Jun 27, 2013
    88
    This is one of the most entertaining movies of the year.
  27. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    Jun 26, 2013
    58
    Part of the point here is to stake a claim on a genre that’s traditionally been a boys’ club, and in that regard, The Heat delivers: In a bonding moment, this odd couple goes on a bender as epic as anything in "The Hangover." Their enthusiasm with weapons should alarm viewers across all demographics and species.
  28. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Jun 27, 2013
    63
    With the film, Melissa McCarthy definitively cements her status as a legitimate comic talent, leaving her co-star stumbling behind in her wake.
  29. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Jun 27, 2013
    75
    One character dares to open up a debate about sex roles in the workplace; because he does so indelicately, Feig expects you to cheer when he takes a bullet to the head. To his credit, he is correct.
  30. Reviewed by: Tim Robey
    Aug 3, 2013
    80
    A good cop/bad cop action comedy with the funniest two-women-above-the-title pairing in memory.
  31. Reviewed by: Sheila O'Malley
    Jun 28, 2013
    75
    The Heat is violent, with some pretty gruesome moments and some questionable police work. That's part of the fun. Cagney and Lacey these two ain't. When they finally join forces, they go rogue with a gusto that is refreshing.
  32. Reviewed by: Barbara VanDenburgh
    Jun 27, 2013
    60
    Scenes go on too long. Jokes outwear their welcome. The plot, though perfunctory (it’s no more complex or intriguing than the average hourlong television crime procedural), gets muddled. Even though McCarthy keeps the laughs coming, The Heat doesn’t really pack enough.
  33. Reviewed by: Laremy Legel
    Jun 27, 2013
    79
    A bawdy and belligerent comedy, meant mostly for folks looking for nothing more than to enjoy a few laughs.
  34. Reviewed by: Emma Johnston
    Jul 19, 2013
    60
    Following the buddy-cop handbook to the letter, The Heat is derivative stuff, but McCarthy gives it the kick it needs to keep rolling along.
  35. Reviewed by: Joel Arnold
    Jun 28, 2013
    90
    If The Heat is about more than being a well-oiled delivery system for impressive and effective comedy, it's in part about what it means to be a good cop — including the question of how gender does or doesn't factor into that.
  36. Reviewed by: Stephen Whitty
    Jun 28, 2013
    67
    If the film takes too long to wrap itself up --and hints, predictably, at a sequel -- the funky soundtrack is fun and McCarthy's South Boston relations are a scream.
  37. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Jun 27, 2013
    60
    The Heat is kind of a mess, but it’s a funny mess.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 229 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 72
  2. Negative: 15 out of 72
  1. Jun 28, 2013
    3
    In “Bridesmaids”, “Stolen Identity” and now in “The Heat” Melissa McCarthy proves that she can out pouty mouth any man, tell more poop and crotch (men and women) jokes and be more base than any of the “Hangover” guys so I am hoping she got that out of her system. I would like to see her tackle a deeper role as her Molly in her hit TV sitcom certainly shows a lot more depth as an actress than her movie roles. As it is she becomes very irritating each time she uses the “F” words, and forms of it, and it would make for s super drinking game as it seems every other word or motion starts with F. She is a very funny lady but the crudeness does not help her or the picture.

    I’ve been a big fan of Sandra Bullock’s from her ’girl next door’ roles to the nuttiness and comedy of “Miss Congeniality” and after reaching 40 she got serious, made “The Blind Side” and won an Oscar. In “The Heat” she shows she can keep up and match McCarthy for slapstick and ‘schtick’. The chemistry between them works in a movie that is all over the place and almost begs you to forget it is suppose to have a plot.

    The two women play that old stand by--a mismatched couple. Sarah (Bullock) is an FBI agent who is a perfectionist and too smart for her own good while Shannon (McCarthy) is a Boston detective who never heard a dirty word she didn’t like and is always very expressive regarding people’s anatomies plus seems to never have had her hair done, taken a shower or changed her clothes! They are assigned to work together, don’t get along and yet bring down a major criminal!

    There is a lot of knock about comedy, with some working and some falling flat and even old prudes like me laughed at a few of the things the women have to say and do. This movie succeeds though not due to the script by Katie Dippold or the direction by Paul Feig but by the antics of Bullock supported by McCarthy. It is almost as if the two actresses got up in front of the camera for 2 hours and improvised what they could come up with. This is definitely Bullock’s movie.

    “The Heat” is rated R for good reason and I hope they make a ‘serious’ picture together as the two women bring out something special in each other in the quiet moments..
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  2. Jun 29, 2013
    8
    Contrived plot and tropes aside, "The Heat" is still an almost unbearably hilarious buddy cop comedy with crackerjack performances from Bullock and McCarthy. Full Review »
  3. Jul 13, 2013
    9
    The Heat starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy cop buddies! How on earth, can this go wrong?!?!?! The Heat is capricious fun with hilarious dialogue and some smart ass entertainment. Bullock and McCarthy comic energy makes it almost impossible to find flaws in this movie, which there is, but deniable. The Heat is by far the funniest movie 2013. Bravo!! Full Review »