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2,142 Ratings

Miami Vice

Directed by Michael Mann
United States, Germany, 2006
Action, Crime, Thriller


Our favourite undercover detectives from the 80’s are back in this update of the TV series. This time around, drug lords and a murder case in South Florida dangerously weave into the personal lives of Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs.

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Miami Vice Directed by Michael Mann

Awards & Festivals

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2006 | Nominee: Best Cinematography

Irish Film and Television Awards

2007 | Nominee: Best Actor in a Lead Role in a Feature Film

The digital photography looks like heartsick surveillance footage. John Murphy’s music is a heartbeat. These two undercover cops (Farrell, Foxx) ply their trade with minimal bravado, cool but never trying to be cool. Their every action movie action elicits a reaction, and each instance of gunplay carries consequences of its own. No real heroism in this 21st century To Have and Have Not; just hard work and star-crossed romance.
November 06, 2017
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As cinematic as the movie Miami Vice clearly is—in some ways it’s the apotheosis of Mann’s pop Antonioni artistry—it’s also an exquisite distillation of what made the TV show extraordinary. The movie employs tactics that were no longer formally avant-garde within the vernacular of film in 2006, and certainly not within the widescreen ratio of 2.35:1, but it nevertheless embraces them with an intensity and sincerity worthy of the source.
April 21, 2015
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The film’s sense of dread is vast and oppressive; its fleeting moments of freedom—like a go-fast boat ride that rivals the ending of Mann’s ownHeat as the all-time best use of Moby in a film—are vividly rendered. I’d be lying if I said that I’m not moved by it.
May 13, 2013
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What are people saying?

  • dionysus67's rating of the film Miami Vice

    Whatever objections may arise from Mann's obsession in exploring the criminal mind, this is what he does extremely well and MV is no exception. The nocturnal journey into the globalized criminal network is superbly introduced with the statuesque figures in the night club before being extended to the Florida-Cuba channel. Digital mise-en-scène is excquisite and Gong Li's interior pain among the many things to relish.

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Miami Vice

    Digital Underground. The summer "Miami Vice" hit theaters, the last thing I wanted to hear on a soundtrack was Linkin Park & Jay Z's mashup. A decade on, it's now part of how Michael Mann not only documents an era—CNN coverage of the Iraq War, flip-phones, the globalization of the drug trade—but a professional ethos. This is a crime movie with the existential loneliness of a samurai film. Stone cold masterpiece.

  • Nicholas Gregory's rating of the film Miami Vice

    As flat as the procedural sting operation plot elements are, as dormant it's with tension and suspense, as seldom are the otherwise phenomenal action setpieces, and as much the romantic elements are like a James Bond-style disposable love story, Miami Vice is watchable for Mann's eloquent mise-en-scene and atmosphere. It's a miss of a Mann film, but he has so many great ones, that's not saying it's even average.

  • T. J. Mesen's rating of the film Miami Vice

    Top Ten countdown – #10 Digital is mood in Miami Vice; its movement, shadows, and colours are unique. This heavy hyper-real DV style, aptly reflects a narrative of gestures that constitutes the (under)world and characters we follow. A noise-heavy indigo sky, moving speedboats in the dark, silent tears at a club. A nightmare they're forced to inhabit, permeated by the tragic notion that in the end nothing has changed.

  • Drew Kelly's rating of the film Miami Vice

    A perfect example of how a film's greatness is not necessarily in what, but how, it tells/shows. What a great balance of impossible love in the guise of a drug bust movie. What is so great is the restraint Mann has with the touchy-feely love story, which gives it all the more power. And awesome cinematography, combining realism and abstraction! (...and Gong Li's beauty makes me weak in the knees...)

  • Warren Spratley's rating of the film Miami Vice

    Mann's aesthetic concern w/ how digital photography might reveal the material texture of light & darkness is here fused with an almost Wellesian mode of image-making & myth-making. MIAMI VICE is Mann at his most baroque: foregrounds are stressed, compositional depths explode. These characters are mythological titans, towering among cityscapes, glistening across seas, eyes full of quiet emotion, firm resolve, & life.

  • Palmat's rating of the film Miami Vice

    Great thriller which might not echo much from the TV-show besides the locations and the names, but it hardly matters when Mann keeps things taut and engaging. The look, the feel, the pacing and the actors all work like a charm. And the fact that Mann used music from scottish band Mogwai only elevates this further in my book.

  • Greg S.'s rating of the film Miami Vice

    One of the most mis marketed films in recent years. Mann has trouble finding the narrative drive of his early films amidst the abstractions however the sheer sense of disillusionment/loss underlying what's on the surface a typical cop drama makes for one of the most subversive studio films of the 00's. There's an existentialism to the final shootout that's rarely seen in action films. A must see.

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