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Ashburn, an FBI agent is extremely ambitious and has her eye on a promotion but she doesn’t get along with her co-workers. She is sent to Boston to find out who an elusive drug dealer is by getting to the man who is fronting for him and is told that she’ll have a good shot at the promotion if she finds the dealer. When she arrives in Boston she learns that the dealer has been eliminating his competition and taking over their operations. She learns that a dealer is Boston PD custody and goes to see him to ask him what he knows about the dealer but is warned that the cop who arrested the dealer, Mullins is very territorial. And she is not exactly sociable. When the two meet they don’t get along. When Mullins learns what Ashburn is in Boston for decides to find the dealer herself. Ahsburn is told by her boss to work with Mullins but won’t be easy because Ashburn does things by the book while Mullins does things her way.

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Movie Reviews:
  • 88
    Chicago Sun-Times - by Richard Roeper
    This is one of the most entertaining movies of the year. ...read more

  • 75
    RogerEbert.com - by Sheila O'Malley
    The Heat is violent, with some pretty gruesome moments and some questionable police work. That's part of the fun. Cagney and Lacey these two ain't. When they finally join forces, they go rogue with a gusto that is refreshing. ...read more

  • 75
    The Playlist - by Gabe Toro
    One character dares to open up a debate about sex roles in the workplace; because he does so indelicately, Feig expects you to cheer when he takes a bullet to the head. To his credit, he is correct. ...read more

  • 75
    USA Today - by Claudia Puig
    The Heat is the best female buddy-cop movie since, well, ever. ...read more

  • 75
    New York Post - by Lou Lumenick
    The Heat, which provides enough opportunity for wholesale mayhem as well as laughs, is pretty much a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. ...read more

  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle - by Mick LaSalle
    Don't believe the weak coming-attractions trailer. The inspired pairing of Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy makes for a successful action comedy. ...

  • 75
    Entertainment Weekly - by Owen Gleiberman
    With Bullock doing a variation on her Miss Congeniality geek-tomboy-who-has-to-bloom character, and McCarthy letting her acidly oddball observations rip, the two actresses make their interplay bubble. ...read more

  • 75
    Chicago Tribune - by Michael Phillips
    At its sharpest, The Heat actually moves and banters like a comedy, with sharply timed and edited dialogue sequences driven by a couple of pros ensuring a purposeful sense of momentum. ...read more

  • 75
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch - by Joe Williams
    After watching the trailers, I was expecting torture, but this smart, subversive movie made me laugh. So shoot me. ...read more

  • 75
    Boston Globe - by Ty Burr
    If you’re going to make a dopey, bawdy, foul-mouthed, predictable lady-buddy-cop movie, you might as well make it funny. And until it overstays its welcome in the final half-hour, The Heat is shamefully funny. ...read more

  • 70
    The Dissolve - by Scott Tobias
    As a buddy-cop movie, The Heat seems almost deliberately generic, with boilerplate plotting carried across with zero panache. It wagers that McCarthy and Bullock’s comic energy will make all the difference—a smart bet, as it happens. ...read more

  • 70
    Los Angeles Times - by Betsy Sharkey
    At times The Heat gets messy, and the comedy is not always pitch perfect. But they're cops. They're enemies. They're friends. They're opposites. It's funny. ...read more

  • 70
    Variety - by Peter Debruge
    Breaking it down, The Heat has been engineered to deliver the laughs, and the result certainly does, despite coming alarmingly near to botching the procedural elements along the way. ...read more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter - by Todd McCarthy
    The script's simpleminded shenanigans notwithstanding, the two stars sync up better than their characters do, especially with some rough-and-tumble physical slapstick, resulting in a crude, low-brow audience-pleaser that will hit the funny bones of both performers' fan bases. ...read more

  • 67
    Portland Oregonian - by Stephen Whitty
    If the film takes too long to wrap itself up --and hints, predictably, at a sequel -- the funky soundtrack is fun and McCarthy's South Boston relations are a scream. ...read more

  • 67
    Tampa Bay Times - by Steve Persall
    When director Paul Feig — who revitalized feminine comedy with "Bridesmaids" — allows McCarthy's improvisational instincts to take over because, honestly, nobody else in the cast can stand up to her. McCarthy is the best thing about The Heat. ...read more

  • 67
    Austin Chronicle - by Kimberley Jones
    More often than not The Heat is just stupid-funny, which circles us back to McCarthy, motor-mouthing four-letter fury like an operatic aria. She sells Mullins as delightfully unhinged and fairly radiating with rage, and it’s irresistible. ...read more

  • 63
    Rolling Stone - by Peter Travers
    McCarthy is a force of comic nature. And she and Bullock mix it up like pros. In this dead-battery of a movie, these live-wires miraculously ignite sparks. ...read more

  • 63
    Philadelphia Inquirer - by Carrie Rickey
    This profanely hilarious and tonally erratic spoof of buddy movies is funny as it begins in "Miss Congeniality 2" territory, funnier still as it zooms into "Lethal Weapon" climes. But it stops dead, and I mean that literally, when it takes a U-turn into a "Pulp Fiction" sinkhole of slapstick violence. ...read more

  • 63
    Slant Magazine - by Andrew Schenker
    With the film, Melissa McCarthy definitively cements her status as a legitimate comic talent, leaving her co-star stumbling behind in her wake. ...read more

  • 60
    Arizona Republic - by Barbara VanDenburgh
    Scenes go on too long. Jokes outwear their welcome. The plot, though perfunctory (it’s no more complex or intriguing than the average hourlong television crime procedural), gets muddled. Even though McCarthy keeps the laughs coming, The Heat doesn’t really pack enough. ...

  • 60
    New York Magazine (Vulture) - by Bilge Ebiri
    The Heat is kind of a mess, but it’s a funny mess. ...read more

  • 60
    Time Out New York - by Keith Uhlich
    They (Bullock/McCarthy) deserve a much stronger showcase than this Laurel & Hardy Go Policin’ vehicle. ...read more

  • 60
    New York Daily News - by Elizabeth Weitzman
    Every foul-mouthed joke [McCarthy] cracks, every unexpected physical gag she underplays, is so funny you forget how often we’ve seen this setup. Or, when it comes to women, how rarely. ...read more

  • 58
    Christian Science Monitor - by Peter Rainer
    It’s not really such a great achievement to have women cops in the movies acting as boorish and rowdy as their male counterparts, especially since the movie seems designed for a sequel. But then again, what movie these days – or at least this summer – isn’t? ...read more

  • 58
    The A.V. Club - by Ben Kenigsberg
    Part of the point here is to stake a claim on a genre that’s traditionally been a boys’ club, and in that regard, The Heat delivers: In a bonding moment, this odd couple goes on a bender as epic as anything in "The Hangover." Their enthusiasm with weapons should alarm viewers across all demographics and species. ...read more

  • 50
    Village Voice - by Stephanie Zacharek
    The movie -- too much of it -- is spent testing the boundaries of how loud and obnoxious McCarthy can be. Feig doesn't hand this able comic actress the gift of freedom; he simply gives her enough rope, which isn't nearly the same thing. ...read more

  • 50
    Salon.com - by Andrew O'Hehir
    What is the point of making a movie that’s just like the dopiest, broadest and most reductive grade of guy-oriented comedy, except with women? ...read more

  • 50
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) - by Rick Groen
    If this were funny, The Heat would add up to your average buddy-cop comedy. Except that it’s not funny, at least not very and not often. ...read more

  • 50
    The New York Times - by A.O. Scott
    The volatile chemistry between Ms. McCarthy and Ms. Bullock is something to behold, and carries The Heat through its lazy conception and slapdash execution. ...

  • 37
    Washington Post - by Ann Hornaday
    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. ...read more

  • 20
    Wall Street Journal - by Joe Morgenstern
    Grotesque doesn't begin to describe Ms. McCarthy's new character. Scarily insane comes closer; repulsive occasionally applies. Mullins's insanity can be extremely funny from time to time, but her anger grows as punishing for the audience as it does for the victims of her unrestrained police work. ...read more

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