The Big Heat
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Ford's portrayal of the homicide sergeant is honest and packs much wallop. Lang's direction builds taut suspense, throwing unexpected, and believable, thrills at the audience."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"That's the beauty of Lang's moral ambidexterity. He tells the story of a heroic cop, while using it to mask another story, so much darker, beneath."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"For those who take their film black...Moral rot gets full play in Lang's 1953 police drama. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"A scalding face-full of harsh reality, courtesy Fritz Lang."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Lang at his cruelest."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Brutal, atmospheric, and exciting -- highly recommended."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"Mr. Lang can direct a film. He has put his mind to it, in this instance, and he has brought forth a hot one with a sting."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Fritz Lang, once the master of grand expressionist scenes, directs with a stripped down style and a lean narrative drive..."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"Lang presents one of the great works of film noir. The acting is first rate, Boehm's script tough and efficient, and the whole affair is photographed with the appropriate expressionist, chiaroscuro lighting."
‑ , Film4
"Overwhelming crime thriller, with plenty to say and brilliant storytelling"
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Lang strips down William P McGivern's novel to essentials, giving the story a narrative drive as efficient and powerful as a handgun."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"In many ways, Fritz Lang's The Big Heat, scripted by former crime reporter Sydney Boehm, laid the groundwork not only for "Dirty Harry," but for the whole sub-genre of 'rogue cop' films that began to surface during the Vietnam era."
‑ John Petrakis, Chicago Tribune
"Everything about "The Big Heat" is "hard boiled.""
‑ Cole Smithey,
"One of Lang's most accomplished and influential noir crimers, with a top-notch turn from Glenn Ford as the avenging cop-angel, a role that Clint Eastwood (Dirty Harry) and Charles Bronson (Death Wish) would develop in their 1970s revenge thrillers."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"In-your-face tough cop-gangster noir yarn features gritty Glenn Ford and great Gloria Grahame."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
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