‘The Heat’ Reviews: A Buddy-Cop Comedy For The Ages?

Sat, June 29, 2013 9:47am EST by 13 Comments
The Heat Movie Reviews
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Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock teamed up for what looks to be a raucous movie about two extremely different policewomen. We’re hooked on the premise alone, but do these two ladies actually make a winning team? Find out!

Have you ever said to yourself, “Gee, I’d love to see a raunchier female version of Starsky & Hutch“? If you answered yes, then The Heat, starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy is probably for you. The new buddy-cop movie (in theaters on June 28) has our expectations soaring, but before we foot the bill for movie tickets, let’s see what the critics had to say!

‘The Heat’ Movie Reviews

New York Times

A simpler, and probably more relevant, way to describe this movie would be to say that it’s around two hours of Melissa McCarthy spewing profanity while Sandra Bullock cringes, flutters her arms and sighs in exasperation. If you need another reason to see it, I can’t in good conscience supply one, since the story is sloppy and thin, many of the jokes are strained or tired, and the level of violence is a bit jarring. But the volatile chemistry between Ms. McCarthy and Ms. Bullock is something to behold, and carries The Heat through its lazy conception and slapdash execution.

Los Angeles Times

The Heat, starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, is the latest entry in a long-running and much-loved movie joke: the buddy-cop comedy. In this case, a bosom-buddy cop comedy. The movie follows a well-beaten path. They’re cops, they’re enemies, they’re friends, they’re opposites. It’s funny. The legacy is a long one: Beverly Hills Cop, Tango & Cash, Starsky & Hutch, 48 Hrs., Men in Black, Turner & Hooch, Miami Vice. Basically it’s a man’s world. But as director Paul Feig, screenwriter Katie Dippold and the caustic, crackling chemistry of its stars prove, “The Heat” would be nothing, nothing without a woman.

New York Post

There’s nothing remotely original or surprising about Katie Dippold’s generic script. But the script and director Paul Feig (who directed McCarthy in Bridesmaids) provide great opportunities for both actresses to do what they do best, and demonstrate their positively combustible comic chemistry.

Washington Post

Like Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx in White House Down, Bullock and McCarthy and the chemistry they generate are far more compelling than the movie they’re in. Too often the sketches go on too long, and the coarse, abrasive tone quickly begins to feel repetitive and off-putting.

New York Magazine

The Heat is kind of a mess, but it’s a funny mess. Bullock plays Ashburn, a highly competent, by-the-books FBI agent with no life. (Her only company is a cat — her neighbor’s.) McCarthy is Mullins, the vulgar loose cannon Boston detective whom Ashburn has to work with in order to apprehend a brutal drug kingpin. It’s no Beverly Hills Cop, but The Heat does spend a decent amount of time with its cops ‘n robbers plot — bizarre, because it’s such a nothing story. So, the film sometimes feels lax, disjointed, like it’s just wasting time until the next comic set piece rolls around. The good news is that said set piece usually does roll around. And when it’s on, The Heat is on. (God, did I just say that?)

Sounds like Sandra and Melissa make a great, hilarious duo. That’s all we need to hear — sign us up! HollywoodLifers, will you go see The Heat? Let us know!

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Posted at 2:59 AM on August 5, 2014  

An outstanding share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a coworker who had been doing a
little homework on this. And he actually ordered
me breakfast because I found it for him…

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But yeah, thanks for spending some time to talk about this topic here on your internet site.

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Posted at 6:37 PM on August 29, 2013  

I loved the movie!! So funny. The only thing that upset me and still does is they used the retarded word. I have a grand daughter that is 4 and I cant even begin to tell you how hurtful that word is. It doesn’t matter how you use, whether you at are at the grocery store and someone points at her and says oh shes retarded or whether you call someone that name thats not mentally handicapped to be mean or a slam or a put down. My daughter was with me and I just felt horrible. Sandra Bullock is a new mother and i was just shocked she could allow that. For all the children and adults that are mentally handicapped i am so sorry this word is still is still used and that if you see this movie that you will hear it again. So mean and hurtful. Other than that I thought it was so funny and if they make a Heat 2 I hope they leave out the R-word.

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Posted at 1:40 PM on July 20, 2013  

Disappointed in Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. It could have been funny to me but the language turned me off. Does no one in Hollywood have the guts to say no to using this kind of language? That is why, in my opinion, we hear it in the streets so much. Especially from the young ones. Yes, perhaps you see me as a prude and I am not ashamed of it. I guess the writers can’t come up with anything for dialogue so they resort to using “language”. How will they be able to show this on TV (the regular channels where they actually censor this language). They will have to bleep so much that there won’t be anything left of the story. Sorry I wasted the money to see it. Would not recommend it.

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Posted at 8:06 PM on July 8, 2013  

This movie, the Heat, is a pure disaster! No story or plot just lame physical humor which was anything but funny. This movie reminds of bad improv. When they dont know what to do they get Melissa to shout out some low life profanity. This movie is a new low for both Sandra and Melissa. The producers of this movie obviously think that movie goers R the new dumb generation of star struck ticket buyers. Dont be so easily fooled…

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Posted at 1:45 AM on November 4, 2013  

I agree!!! Hands down one of the worst movies I’ve sat thru ever!!!!

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John DiCristo

Posted at 11:40 AM on June 30, 2013  

This movie was so funny my wife and could not stop laughing, even in the car on the way home. You have to be able to tolerate the “f’ bomb but it is very funny f-bombs. I read bunch of reviews from the critics and the majority did not give it great reviews. Ignore them. You will die laughing.

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Posted at 10:32 PM on June 30, 2013  

I totally agree John, I saw it before I read the reviews which was a good idea. Not Oscar worthy by any means but full of laugh out loud moments. Every one around us seemed to enjoy it too. so I don’t know which movie the critics were watching. It’s definitely worth seeing.

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Posted at 12:23 AM on June 30, 2013  

The only problem with my seeing this movie was some guy came in late and sat next to me. I was tempted to hit him, McCarthy style, and tell him to shut the (expletive deleted) up when he laughed louder than me. This was no Thelma and Louise but was very funny, and much of the humor related to the 2013 female experience. More laughter in an audience than I’ve heard in a long time. Would definitely buy the movie.

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Posted at 6:53 PM on June 29, 2013  

I just saw it today was all I expected hilarious.Melissa just has a way of striking my funny bone,Sandra was as usual great.Together they made a good couple don’t know who else could have pulled it off.

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Posted at 5:50 PM on June 29, 2013  

I saw the movie last night, loved it ! Sandra & Melissa were fantastic together ! Will go pay again to watch !!

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Posted at 2:12 PM on June 29, 2013  

Saw The Heat yesterday with 3 friends. All agreed it was hysterical and would go see it again. Great laughs and Melissa McCarthy is a great comedian with fantastic delivery. Could’ve done with less profanity.

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Posted at 12:05 PM on June 29, 2013  

Reblogged this on I'm LissaBreen – Welcome To My World (My Life, My Way&My Destiny) and commented:
Fantastic movie and funny all the way xxx

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Posted at 10:51 AM on June 29, 2013  

americans & comedis: NO GOOD FRIENDS!!

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