Miami Vice Reviews

  • Miami Vice, as entertaining as some of it is, is so cool that it's almost too cool. It takes the sin, and much of the juice, out of vice.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • Mixing pop savvy with startling formal ambition, Michael Mann transforms a long, fairly predictable cop-show episode into a dazzling (and sometimes daft) Wagnerian spectacle.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • Many critics have found in Mann's films an excess of macho bluster. I can only say his power and exuberant self-belief expose the indentikit dullness of a hundred other meagre film-makers working with similar material.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • The worst news about Miami Vice is that Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx, replacing Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas in the key roles, don't hold a candle, a flashlight, a freakin' match to the original guys.

    Stephen Hunter — Washington Post

  • The movie is seriously sexy and seriously entertaining.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • In a career marked by an obsession with the intricacies of law enforcement and criminal activity, this may be Mann's most brutally efficient policier yet.

    Scott Foundas — Village Voice

  • Miami Vice is the last of the predicted summer blockbusters, and it delivers a reasonable amount of popcorn excitement.

    Jack Mathews — New York Daily News

  • It might be an empty vessel, but it zooms.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • The new Miami Vice movie is not designed to leave audiences in a partying mood. On its own terms, though, it's frequently worthy of cheers.

    Philip Wuntch — Dallas Morning News

  • The film, like its oddly rumbling sky, promises more than it ever delivers. Granted, it can look cool. But more often, as we wait for the lightning that never arrives, it frustrates.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • I couldn't take my eyes off the screen. It's a sensational trip -- gorgeous, gaga.

    David Edelstein — New York Magazine

  • This Miami Vice is a grim genre exercise -- fascinating, certainly, and impressive at times, but only intermittently enjoyable.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • While this Vice isn't in the same league as Mann's Collateral (2004) or Heat (1995), it's a gritty, ultra-dark thriller, and it contains two of the best 'kill shot' scenes in recent years.

    Richard Roeper — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Miami Vice is a dazzler.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • The pacing and proportion of Heat (1995) and the feeling for place and character evident in Collateral (2004) have been tossed aside for a routine plot in which vice cops Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx pose as drug dealers.

    Jonathan Rosenbaum — Chicago Reader

  • Miami Vice, the movie, is an atmospheric muddle, as gorgeous and unintelligible as raven-haired stunner Gong Li.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • The plot is not overtaxing -- it's about guns, drugs and money -- because the real focus is the allure, danger and alienation of hiding behind an assumed identity.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Compared with Mann's other films, Miami Vice lacks the slam-bang set pieces of Heat and the human dynamic of Collateral.

    Bill Muller — Arizona Republic

  • I enjoyed Mr. Mann's new Miami Vice from its first ravishing frame to the last, but I can't say that very much of it made sense -- but then, neither do the daily headlines.

    Andrew Sarris — New York Observer

  • Miami Vice is crummy, pointless and brain-dead. No revelation there. But I didn't expect it to be so boring.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

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