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CRITICS OF "The Big Heat"
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ColeSmithey.com
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July 25, 2009

Everything about "The Big Heat" is "hard boiled."
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Chicago Reader
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April 09, 2008

Brutal, atmospheric, and exciting -- highly recommended.
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Chicago Tribune

July 20, 2002

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.
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TV Guide
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April 09, 2008

A scalding face-full of harsh reality, courtesy Fritz Lang.
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Groucho Reviews
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May 22, 2012

For those who take their film black...Moral rot gets full play in Lang's 1953 police drama. [Blu-ray]
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Variety
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April 09, 2008

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.
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Time Out
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June 24, 2006

Lang strips down William P McGivern's novel to essentials, giving the story a narrative drive as efficient and powerful as a handgun.
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Seanax.com
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December 05, 2009

Fritz Lang, once the master of grand expressionist scenes, directs with a stripped down style and a lean narrative drive...
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EmanuelLevy.Com
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April 08, 2007

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.
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New York Times

May 20, 2003

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.
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Film4
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April 09, 2008

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.
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Chicago Sun-Times
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January 20, 2006

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.
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