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  1. Aug 31, 2014
    Low brow popular entertainment that is totally uninspired. It's basically a series of gags in search of a narrative to contain them. There are indeed some laughs to be had but the comedy is totally uneven, as is the story, and ranges from laugh out loud funny to lame, predictable and offensive. There is also a reliance on profanity and coarseness which is tiresomely juvenile. Sandra Bullock works hard, but Melissa McCarthy is beyond the pale with her all too familiar antics again on display. Her character is awful and she is awful. Still, at least she is consistent in her characterisations being despicable and unsavoury in everything in which she appears. Expand
  2. Aug 26, 2014
    This movie was about enjoyable as pulling teeth, deep throating a cactus, showering with a get the idea. Save yourself time and plenty of brain cells and just don't see this poor excuse for a movie.
  3. Jul 1, 2014
    McCathy's continued box office success recalls what a critic once said about the acting of Whoopee Goldberg: an entire nation collectively decides not to hurt someone's feelings.
  4. Jan 14, 2014
    McCarthy over-acted, she was too edgy and carried on her comedy scenes too long. The story, plot, writing and acting was generally bad. The movie was too long, it was unrealistic and was generally about nothing
  5. Dec 31, 2013
    This is the second movie this year where the majority of the story line is the F word. The lack of creativity and thoughtful script writing is evident.
  6. Nov 9, 2013
    The Heat is boring with a drop of funny. But the worst is Melissa McCarthy being abusive, obnoxious, vile, over the top and begins to grow irritating every minute the movie goes by. By the end the entire movie is irritating.
  7. Oct 28, 2013
    The story is pretty basic but McCarthy and Bullock work well together and are given plenty of chances to win. Quite a few laughs to be had through out as well. That being said, The 2 hour run time really killed this film. If it were shorter, It would have been far more bare-able to watch. Overall, It's not bad, Certainly better than what I expected, but it could and should have been better.
  8. Oct 20, 2013
    Well, you can forget about expecting any kind of plot from this movie. Pretty generic stuff. As for the comedy, there is some chemistry between Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, but it doesn't make up for the few laughs in this flick. And all the "F" words in the world don't make up for it either.
    Overall, it was okay; but you don't have to see it. You're not really missing anything.
  9. Oct 6, 2013
    Utter garbage movie, I walked out of the movie after suffering the obvious sexism and offensive humour for about 45 minutes at that point I had had enough.

    If this is what women have to offer the world of comedy then I don't want any part of it

    Avoid at all costs
  10. Oct 6, 2013
    Sadly this film was one of the biggest disappointments of the summer lineup it features two women leads who I have liked in previous films but in this one are just annoying.

    The film tries to take conventional gags and take them to a level where no one is comfortable. Vulgar and over the top violence result in a film that is not suitable for anyone that is uneasy with blood.

    The film
    also has a think layer of sexist content aimed at men which is a shame because it shows how desperate they were for material for this film.

    Overall I was left with a bad taste in my mouth after watching it and would not recommend this film.
  11. Oct 6, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Poor plot, poor acting, annoying unlikeable characters.....

    And more importantly it was incredibly sexist towards men with constant belittling of men throughout the film.

    The gags were just vulgar and completely un called for, you can tell the script was written by a man hating feminist...

    Utter garbage
  12. Oct 5, 2013
    Movie was poorly written and jokes are not funny at all .Bank on foul language to make it interest but thats really annoying .Also movie is so long and hard to watch it when no action or joke in it.Dont buy Blueray because its not worth it all.
  13. Oct 5, 2013
    I found the film to be completely sexist and offensive to men without being funny at all. There are several scenes where they approach the line and then go over it taking their attempt at comedy completely into the unacceptable depths. The film also takes a pop at black people and albinos again completely uncalled for and not funny.

    Apparently the film was written by a feminist so that
    explains the hatred towards men but not the racism and mocking of those with incurable afflictions. Expand
  14. Sep 30, 2013
    Hard to believe this was done by the same Director as Bridesmaids. Melissa McCarthy as Mullins is just plain irritating and rude instead of funny. All of the male characters in the show are flawed and pathetic. A large proportion of the humor is based around the fact that McCarthy is obese, which constitutes cheap, childish laughs, I had to switch the film off when Sandra Bullock said the word 'Anyhooo.' Completely unacceptable Expand
  15. Jul 31, 2013
    i was going to go see it till a reviewer on tv said there was 190 F words. If you need swearing to provoke a laugh in my opinion your not funny, your just crude and vulgar. Probably not as bad as hall pass which we walked out on. Don't waste your money on the DVD, might be okay edited on TV.
  16. Jul 22, 2013
    One long, angry but unfunny insult especially to viewers. Plot is a retread of "Beverly Hills Cops," and the "jokes" if that's what they are are just as old.
  17. Jul 9, 2013
    This movie was so bad I wanted to leave the theater after about 45 minutes. The jokes were not funny at all, they're just stupid. McCarthy yells a lot and uses the f word way, way too much for my enjoyment. It's too bad because the acting was ok but the writing was just horrible. Avoid this movie if you are looking for a comedy, it is not funny.
  18. Jul 5, 2013
    A series of tired sight gags, each drawn out to a cring-inducing length. Sloppy camera work, haphazard editing,
    gave it a while then walked out.
    The Production Budget: is reportedly 43 million dollars.
    They should have spend a few thousand dollars on a WRITER !
    DVD if your totally smashed, and have never seen a really bad film
  19. Jun 28, 2013
    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..

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: Tim Robey
    Aug 3, 2013
    A good cop/bad cop action comedy with the funniest two-women-above-the-title pairing in memory.
  2. Reviewed by: Emma Johnston
    Jul 19, 2013
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Jul 10, 2013
    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.