Parents' Guide to

Heat (1995)

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Criminal, police face off in bloody '90s action-adventure.

Movie R 1995 172 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 13+

Excellent movie, ignore Barbara's (reviewer) review...

Amazing movie. Excellent amount of details, world building, multiple great action sequences with slow build drama & suspense between. Very accurate on military-style tactics. Movie focuses on a cop and a criminal, both are the best at what they do. Seminal movie, became an instant classic when it was released. Highly recommend it. Definitely ignore the baseless 2-star review from Common Sense Media's Barbara (reviewer), apparently she doesn't like well made, tense movies that go on to influence a generation of film-making.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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age 2+

Michael Manns best

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7):
Kids say (12):

At nearly three violent hours, this movie embodies the term "overkill" on many levels of meaning. Director Michael Mann brings too much of everything -- bodies, blood, plot complications -- to his rumination on the oft-cited observation that cops and criminals are alike, separated only by the law. By the third hour, thoughtfully paralleling the overly complex life of a master criminal with that of a master cop devolves into improbability and a lack of logic. The killer, cold-blooded and smart through the first two hours, turns incredibly sentimental and stupid, allowing himself the luxury of bloody revenge, which seals his own unfortunate fate. Heat takes far too much time to bring De Niro and Pacino together for the first time in their long careers, but their two scenes together do sparkle.

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