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A successful career criminal considers getting out of the business after one last score, while an obsessive cop desperately tries to put him behind bars in this intelligent thriller written and directed by Michael Mann. Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro) is a thief who specializes in big, risky jobs, such as banks and armored cars. He's very good at what he does; he's bright, methodical, and has honed his skills as a thief at the expense of his personal life, vowing never to get involved in a relationship from which he couldn't walk away in 30 seconds. Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino) is an… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"When Pacino's loud, bruised cop and De Niro's canny crook stare at each other, you can read something spent and weary in their eyes and voices. The heat is hell. So are their jobs -- but somebody's got to do them."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Just when it seemed that the only hope for crime movies lay in the postmodernist artifice of films like Pulp Fiction, Mann reinvests the genre with brooding, modernist conviction. This one sticks to your gut."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"A movie with two powerhouse performances and enough bad dialogue (it runs two hours, 45 minutes) to clog a Pentium processor."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"The performances are persuasive but the plot rattles on much too long."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"If, overall, Mann stretches a bit, the numerous successes are nevertheless worth watching."
‑ Dan Webster, Spokesman-Review (Washington)
"The taciturn De Niro and the braying Pacino share a flawless scene over a cup of coffee, but the real honors go to Val Kilmer and Ashley Judd as a warring, loving couple."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"There's nothing really new in this lengthy 1995 thriller by writer-director Michael Mann about cops and robbers in Los Angeles, but it has craft, pacing, and an overall sense of proportion, three pretty rare classic virtues nowadays."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Though punctuated by bursts of virtuoso action, including a running battle in downtown LA that ranks as one of the best action scenes ever filmed, it is the unusual emphasis on character that impresses most."
‑ Adrian Turner, Radio Times
"Though it's a tad too schematic, Heat, written and directed by Michael Mann, provides a venue for white-hot acting by De Niro and Pacino."
‑ Rod Dreher, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Heat isn't only his peerless lesson in how to make clusters of concrete and glass look beautiful, it's also an eloquent study of loyalty, commitment and good guy/ bad guy duality."
‑ , Total Film
"So why doesn't Heat, with its elaborately staged, tautly edited robberies, its killer cast, edgy score and elegant cinematography, offer more satisfaction? It's the script, stupid."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"An odd though often entertaining blend of The Asphalt Jungle and Oprah, a traditional cops-and-robbers story weirdly fitted out with long, earnest discussions of interpersonal relationships."
‑ Dave Kehr, New York Daily News
"This is glandular, not intellectual, movie-making but it's at the highest end of technical expressiveness."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"With a stellar cast including Val Kilmer and Jon Voight, Heat has it all including a great soundtrack full of tone-setting, ambient, and symphonic arrangements."
‑ Simon Cote, Austin Chronicle
"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
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