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
If there's one thing Michael Mann knows how to do, it's create tension.
Hal Hinson - Washington Post
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
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
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
A slow-moving, overburdened, well-meant and at times quite entertaining slog.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
The director's signature sleek and romantic aesthetic is reason enough to take a seat for this operatic three-hour marathon.
Radheyan Simonpillai - AskMen.com
Fascinante por se concentrar em dois homens que, obcecados por suas profissoes, acabam dependendo um do outro justamente por nao saberem fazer outra coisa.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
I admire Mann's emotional commitment and his sense of style, but it also grates on me.
Bob Westal - Bullz-Eye.com
This is simply the best American crime movie -- and indeed, one of the finest movies, period -- in over a decade.
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
With De Niro and Pacino in excellent form, Mann's Heat ignites the screen.
Chuck O'Leary - Fantastica Daily
De Niro delivers a frightening vision of frosty criminal efficiency.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
It is a remarkably powerful, entertaining and invigorating piece of cinema that hits on more levels than seemingly possible.
Derek Smith - Cinematic Reflections
Heat Heat has an intoxicating, seductive look and feel, and if viewers can check their brains at the door, it succeeds on a surface level.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
...one of the greatest crime films of all time.
Chris Barsanti - Film Threat
Echoes the tradition of American individualists.
Jeremiah Kipp - Slant Magazine
An insightful dramatic look at the relationship between cops, criminals, and the women in their lives.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Riveting cops-and-robbers tale.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
The action, just like in any great film, is subservient to plot and characters.
Dragan Antulov - rec.arts.movies.reviews
It's a gorgeous valentine to its three leads -- neither Pacino, De Niro nor Los Angeles has ever looked better -- that backs up its style with real substance.
Dean Essner - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Blake French - NutzWorld
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
There have been plenty of cops and robbers stories like Heat over the years, but seldom has the formula been done so well.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
A quintessential cops and robbers face-off, with De Niro and Pacino superb in enemy roles.
Shannon J. Harvey - Sunday Times (Australia)
James Rocchi - Netflix
Michael Mann works well with actors, but the film in general could have been tighter. It clocks at almost 3 hours, even though it's not an epic.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
Powerful and compelling drama about two similiar men on the opposite sides of the law find themselves on a collision course.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
With two veteran players like these it's a tossup as to who plays the cop and who plays the bad guy
Shane Burridge - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Taken altogether, Mann doesn't do anything particularly new, but with a subtly used supporting cast he combines everything into an unusually articulate action thriller.
Nick Hilditch - BBC
Heat could have easily fallen into cop-robber cliches, but Mann lifts it to a higher level with intense character development and interrelated plot lines.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
You can't tell what's important and what isn't, and some may mistake the movie's incoherence for profundity.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
This is a movie about chemistry, straight up.
Cynthia Fuchs - Philadelphia City Paper
... while the sometimes hard-to-follow script often demands too much of the viewer, this film is one that's truly worth seeing.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
As notable as the cinematography is De Niro's performance, which helps you remember why he became a legend in the first place.
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
Heat runs (sometime crawls) 2:51, but there is really only enough material for two hours.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
What sets this film somewhat apart from numerous other films with similar plots is Mann's deliberate pacing.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
[F]ans of the two stars will probably find it worth their while.
Chris Hicks - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Heat has an impressively strong script by Mann, and he backs it up with gorgeous filmmaking.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
The cast and the performances in Heat are awesome.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
This is the first time De Niro and Pacino have acted together, and each gives a strong, watertight performance.
Edward Guthmann - San Francisco Chronicle
There isn't much to recommend this movie until Pacino and De Niro finally share the first of their two scenes together.
Barbara Shulgasser - San Francisco Examiner
Director Michael Mann has created a masterpiece.
Madeleine Williams - Cinematter
... fast-paced and exciting despite a nearly three-hour length.
Pat Kramer - Boxoffice Magazine
As the credits finally rolled, someone behind me muttered, "That was so long, DeNiro could have gone to prison in the first scene and finished his sentence before the movie was over."
Michael J. Doyle - rec.arts.movies.reviews