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Based on 22 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    It's a monster of a movie, and it gets unwieldy. show more

  • 100
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Heat is in the cop-movie pantheon with Akira Kurosawa's "High and Low," and that's as "right" as the genre gets. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Above all, the dialogue is complex enough to allow the characters to say what they're thinking: They are eloquent, insightful, fanciful, poetic when necessary. They're not trapped with cliches. show more

  • 88
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    A love-hate poem to L.A., and when Mann takes in the streets, the freeways and LAX, he doesn't give us shiny "Lethal Weapon"-style travelogues. He shows us an L.A. that's grim, bare, a bit smoggy and ruled by street smarts. [15 Dec 1995] show more

  • 88
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    No, the film may not be quite as luminous as the cast, but it's good - very good, in fact. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The performances are persuasive but the plot rattles on much too long. show more

  • 50
    San Francisco Examiner

    There isn't much to recommend this movie until Pacino and De Niro finally share the first of their two scenes together. show more

  • 50
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    I lost track of how many times I checked my watch during the nearly three interminable hours it took Heat to play itself to a predictable conclusion of a chase scene and a shoot-out. show more

  • 80
    TV Guide

    It didn't sound like fun to us, either, but we were wrong; Heat scores on many fronts...The plot, though it seems to ramble, builds suspense with deft precision, and the action set pieces are triumphs. show more

  • 100
    Austin Chronicle

    One of the most intelligent crime-thrillers to come along in years. show more

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