Heaven's Gate
Heaven's Gate (1980)

A notorious artistic and financial failure, Michael Cimino's Heaven's Gate was blamed for critically wounding the movie Western and definitively ushering out the 1970s Hollywood New Wave of young, brash, independent filmmakers.… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 15, 2001
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Critic Score
58%
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55%



Critic Score: 58% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dana Stevens
Slate

On a purely sensory level, Heaven's Gate is overpowering.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

It really is a stinker.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Enormous, but also gorgeous in its enormity.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York

If anything, Michael Cimino's inert disaster of a Western has gotten worse over the years ...

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Variety Staff
Variety

The balance of director Michael Cimino's film is so confusing, so overlong at three-and-a-half hours and so ponderous that it fails to work at almost every level.

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Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray

The first critics to lay eyes on it mistook the emphasis on the personal and painterly for self-indulgence - static naval gazing. This confuses incident with the incidental.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The longer version is impressive as long as the characters and settings remain in long shot; only when the camera gets closer do the problems start.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

For all the abuse heaped on it, this is -- in its complete version, at least -- a majestic and lovingly detailed Western which simultaneously celebrates and undermines the myth of the American frontier.

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Philip French
Observer [UK]

I will leave others to pick nits off this epic panorama.

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Flixster Audience Score: 55% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
worth watching but much of the criticism is well founded imo. every scene goes on too long. period detail is exquisite and it's one of the most beautiful… More
Pierluigi Puccini
There's one thing I can't forgive to Michael Cimino, it's his uncontrollable persistence of stretching things with no reason, in the end that… More
El Hombre Invisible
So, I'd finally decided to watch this all the way through after years of putting it off. Is it a bad film? Well...kinda. It's also a case of… More
Tim Sigur
There's goes my Saturday. Wow! This guy had three editors and it was still this long? I really loved parts of it. I think that Kristoferson, Bridges,… More
Lanning : )
Aside from some questionable looking treatment of animals and a sad lead actress choice, I can't quite understand why this film did not do better.… More
Adam Mahler
excessive dust and ruddy colors, as a dir. gets bored and goes for "ugly-beautiful," like Scorsese in NYNY; a few scenes are actually laughable, but… More