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New York Times:
Heaven's Gate' is something quite rare in movies these days -- an unqualified disaster.
The longer version is impressive as long as the characters and settings remain in long shot; only when the camera gets closer do the problems start.
This movie is $36 million thrown to the winds. It is the most scandalous cinematic waste I have ever seen, and remember, I've seen Paint Your Wagon.
On a purely sensory level, Heaven's Gate is overpowering.
For all the abuse heaped on it, this is -- in its complete version, at least -- a majestic and lovingly detailed Western which simultaneously celebrates and undermines the myth of the American frontier.
If anything, Michael Cimino's inert disaster of a Western has gotten worse over the years ...
The balance of director Michael Cimino's film is so confusing, so overlong at three-and-a-half hours and so ponderous that it fails to work at almost every level.
The lie of frontier idealism is debunked, and Vilmos Zsigmond's mistily gorgeous cinematography is virtually an act of mourning in and of itself.