• Released
  • August 28, 1981
  • R , 1 hr 53 min
  • Post-Noir (Modern Noir)
    Erotic Thriller
100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Body Heat is good enough to make film noir play like we hadn't seen it before.
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88

TV Guide

An excellent crime drama in the style of Raymond Chandler, James M. Cain, and Dashiell Hammett.
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83

The A.V. Club

Kasdan's moody tribute to cinema's dark past set a gold standard for neo-noirs that has seldom been equaled.
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80

Empire

Still regarded as one of the steamiest movie's of all time, Body Heat is a fantastic exponenet of how noir has developed.
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80

Chicago Reader

By Dave Kehr
Lawrence Kasdan's 1981 noir fable is highly derivative in its overall conception, but it finds some freshness in its details. All in all, this evokes the spirit of James M. Cain more effectively than the 1981 remake of The Postman Always Rings Twice did.
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80

Film Threat

Aside from the over abundance of rather large glasses and sweaty actors, Body Heat succeeds fabulously, not only as an excellent example of a classic film noir but as a solidly executed production in its own right.
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80

Time

By Richard Corliss
Body Heat is full of meaty characters and pungent performances...a film to be seen at a drive-in, on a heavy summer night, with someone you trust.
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80

The New York Times

By Janet Maslin
While Body Heat involves murder, fraud, a weak hero led astray and a seductive, double-dealing broad, it also incorporates something new: a sexual explicitness that the old films could only hint at.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jay Scott
Hurt is so good at capturing the charming and chilling Ned that he almost makes up for the film's two primary weaknesses: Kasdan's inexperience and a message of significant unpleasantness. [28 Aug 1981, p.P17]
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50

Boston Globe

Lawrence Kasdan's Body Heat--an homage to film noir--gets off to a nice start before it becomes entangled in its convoluted and somewhat uninteresting plot machinations.
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78 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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