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It's so self-serious at times, it'll prompt you to laugh out loud at moments that aren't supposed to be funny. Which is a total letdown because, theoretically, this is Michael Mann's pure, true vision.
The pacing and proportion of Heat (1995) and the feeling for place and character evident in Collateral (2004) have been tossed aside for a routine plot in which vice cops Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx pose as drug dealers.
Ebert & Roeper:
Mann is the master of nighttime digital photography, and he fills the screen with stunning images and some intricately choreographed shoot-out scenes that I just loved.
... it's a little perverse that the big-screen adaptation of Miami Vice, an '80s cop show remembered for its decadent beachfront locales and pastel color scheme, turns out to be the summer's least frivolous movie.
Compared with Mann's other films, Miami Vice lacks the slam-bang set pieces of Heat and the human dynamic of Collateral.
Los Angeles Times:
While the moviemaking in Miami Vice is impeccable as always, its story finally turns out to be too flimsy a reed to support all of the weight put on it.
Christian Science Monitor:
Mann knows how to make a movie move, and there are sequences in Miami Vice, such as that initial nightclub rumble, that are like swirling fantasias.
The film, like its oddly rumbling sky, promises more than it ever delivers. Granted, it can look cool. But more often, as we wait for the lightning that never arrives, it frustrates.
Miami Vice, as entertaining as some of it is, is so cool that it's almost too cool. It takes the sin, and much of the juice, out of vice.
Detroit Free Press:
Perhaps had they been given a script, a purpose or a mission, Miami Vice the movie might have been something worthy of the talented Mann's attention.
Dallas Morning News:
The new Miami Vice movie is not designed to leave audiences in a partying mood. On its own terms, though, it's frequently worthy of cheers.
This is more of a thinking man's action flick -- a small, intense film made on a giant canvas that finds Mann experimenting with and pushing at the boundaries of mainstream filmmaking.
From start to finish, even when you're not sure what's going on or what's being said, you're pulled deep into its vortex of sultry intrigue and unhinged ferocity.
Miami Vice delivers the thrills, atmosphere and romance it promises, but it doesn't resonate like major Mann.
It offers a good amount of crowd-pleasing action, but the story is convoluted and the heroes are scowling mannequins.
New York Daily News:
Miami Vice is the last of the predicted summer blockbusters, and it delivers a reasonable amount of popcorn excitement.
New York Observer:
I enjoyed Mr. Mann's new Miami Vice from its first ravishing frame to the last, but I can't say that very much of it made sense -- but then, neither do the daily headlines.
As cop movies go, Miami Vice does interesting things with unoriginal material.
This somber action picture bravely defies expectations and gives us something wholly new.
It's a measure of Michael Mann's gift as a filmmaker that he manages to make stuff you'd never want to do in real life -- like grinding against Colin Farrell in a sweaty nightclub, or exchanging gunfire with Nazi supremacists -- seem strangely appealing.
While this Vice isn't in the same league as Mann's Collateral (2004) or Heat (1995), it's a gritty, ultra-dark thriller, and it contains two of the best 'kill shot' scenes in recent years.
Globe and Mail:
Sensual and scary, the movie is so visually textured you feel as though you're brushing against the screen.
Mann is good at action, especially when it comes to surprises -- the sudden blossoming of blood behind a gunned-down bad guy, the mighty explosion that we aren't expecting.
Vice revels in the creative latitude that an R-rated feature provides without departing from the show's rudimentary structure.
In a career marked by an obsession with the intricacies of law enforcement and criminal activity, this may be Mann's most brutally efficient policier yet.
The worst news about Miami Vice is that Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx, replacing Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas in the key roles, don't hold a candle, a flashlight, a freakin' match to the original guys.