• Released
  • August 28, 1981
  • R , 1 hr 53 min
  • Post-Noir (Modern Noir)
    Erotic Thriller
Body Heat Synopsis
The steamy affair between a lawyer and a married woman unfolds into a crime of passion.
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Critic Ratings

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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

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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

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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,...
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80

Film Threat

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Aside from the over abundance of rather large glasses and sweaty actors, Body Heat succeeds fabulously, not only as an excellent example of...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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50

Boston Globe

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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...
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Someday, your d**k is going to lead you into a big hassle

By ReelSexuality
I liked this movie. You got William Hurt falling in love with Kathleen Turner and willing to do anything for her, which is, of course, what she is counting on. She uses her sexual appeal to get what...

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Rated R