Heat Reviews

  • Heat is an ''epic'' that feels like a stunt.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • As Heat progresses, its sensational looks pale beside storytelling weaknesses that expose the more soulless aspects of this cat-and-mouse crime tale.

    Janet Maslin — New York Times

  • For a film that deserves Oscars for photography, editing, sound and arguably scoring, Heat is packed with unforgettable subcharacters.

    Mike Clark — USA Today

  • As with his other works, [Mann] binds sound, music and pictures into one hypnotic triaxial cable and plugs it right into your brain. He makes this almost-three-hour experience practically glide by.

    Desson Thomson — Washington Post

  • If there's one thing Michael Mann knows how to do, it's create tension.

    Hal Hinson — Washington Post

  • Michael Mann's writing and direction elevate this material. It's not just an action picture.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Boosters and touts use the term 'major movie' so often that it's more likely to generate yawns than excitement at this point. Back to basics. Heat is a major movie. With major stars. Doing major acting.

    Susan Stark — Detroit News

  • Heat occupies an exalted position among the countless contemporary crime films.

    Todd McCarthy — Variety

  • The cop/ crime stuff that makes up the bulk of the movie is well thought out and well directed.

    Andy Spletzer — Film.com

  • Heat generates lots of energy but gives off little light.

    Sean Means — Film.com

  • All the squealing tires, flying bullets and falling bodies cannot save Heat from drowning in its own banalities ...

    Andrew Ross — Salon.com

  • ... a colossal disappointment.

    James Berardinelli — ReelViews

  • All this adds good weight and tension to the movie and provides a lot of very good actors with the opportunity to do honest, probing work in a context where, typically, less will do.

    Richard Schickel — TIME Magazine

  • Robert De Niro's last great role before he devoted himself to self-parody.

    Peter Travers — Rolling Stone

  • Michael Mann and a superlative cast have taken a classic heist movie rife with familiar genre elements and turned it into a sleek, accomplished piece of work, meticulously controlled and completely involving.

    Kenneth Turan — Los Angeles Times

  • The conversation in Heat is one of the most perfectly executed and eloquently intertextual moments in the history of American Cinema.

    Blake Howard — 2UE That Movie Show

  • A stealth epic, framing an urban jungle and making its own kind of contemporary history by pairing acting giants Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino in what has arguably become the preminent cops-and-robbers movie. [Blu-ray]

    Peter Canavese — Groucho Reviews

  • Quite rightly, this confirmed Mann as one of Hollywood's smartest, most stylish and emotionally articulate directors.

    Dean Essner — Film4

  • I have always wondered if Pacino and De Niro flipped a coin before the movie began shooting to see which of them would play which part?

    John J. Puccio — DVDTown.com

  • I have always wondered if Pacino and De Niro flipped a coin before the movie began shooting to see which of them would play which part?

    John J. Puccio — Movie Metropolis

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