Red Heat
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Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a taciturn law-enforcement officer from Russia. James Belushi co-stars as a wise-lipped Chicago cop. Though they go together like caviar and White Castles, they are forced to team up to collar the Soviet Union's most notorious drug lord. Thus does director Walter Hill recycle his 48 Hours formula for another unlikely star team. Unfortunately, Red Heat isn't half as enjoyable as the earlier film, owing to a lack of rapport between the two leading men and an overall lack of inspiration infecting the whole project. The one notable aspect of Red Heat is that it… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Schwarzenegger, who when he dons a green suit is dubbed 'Gumby' by Belushi, is right on target with his characterization of the iron-willed soldier, and Belushi proves a quicksilver foil."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Right off the assembly line."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"It might never be remembered as a great film - or even as a great Schwarzenegger film - but it's a great slice of nostalgia."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Hill's muscular, energetic direction makes what might have been just another buddy-cop thriller into an electrifying piece of escapism. One of Arnold's most underrated flicks."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"Hill's confidence keeps the formulaic buddy-cop cliches entertaining."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"Surface stuff, moderately contemptuous, but entertaining enough."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
""Red Heat" is not the first movie about a couple of very different cops, and it will not be the last, but as the formula goes this is a superior example."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"...a plodding, downright generic buddy-cop thriller that's simply unable to sustain the viewer's interest for more than a few minutes at a time."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"This thing was a dud in the 80s. That's saying something."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"If you still pine for the 80s where East vs West dominated action films, then this is an essential part of your education."
‑ Almar Haflidason,
"''Red Heat'' is a topically entertaining variation on the sort of action-adventure nonsense that plays best on television."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"A serviceable yet largely uninspired actioner from the late eighties, Red Heat is a minor entry on the resumes of both Arnold Schwarzenegger and filmmaker Walter Hill."
‑ Stephen Carty, Flix Capacitor
"Went hotly down my throat like a shot of vodka with a donut to appease this big hunger pang I suddenly had for junk Commie things."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Walter Hill's direction's real cool, and the photography is beautiful. The film is also pretty funny. The leads are great."
‑ Kevin N. Laforest, Montreal Film Journal
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