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Stunningly made and incisively acted by a large and terrific cast, Michael Mann's ambitious study of the relativity of good and evil stands apart from other films of its type by virtue of its extraordinarily rich characterizations and its thoughtful, deeply melancholy take on modern life.
One of the most intelligent crime-thrillers to come along in years.
Los Angeles Times
A sleek, accomplished piece of work, meticulously controlled and completely involving. The dark end of the street doesn't get much more inviting than this.
A stunning crime drama that shares its protagonists' rabid attention to detailand love of adrenalin.
TV Guide Magazine
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.
San Francisco Chronicle
It's a monster of a movie, and it gets unwieldy.
We're not watching McCauley and Hanna anymore; we're watching De Niro and Pacino trying to out-insinuate each other. For a few moments, Heat truly has some.
A cool and rather detached movie...Heat generates lots of energy but gives off little light.
Ultimately, though, the movie never transcends the limitations of its Hemingwayesque, men-with-men attitudes.
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.
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