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Miami Vice

action & adventure


When detectives Ricardo Tubbs (Foxx) and Sonny Crockett (Farrell) are asked to investigate the brutal murders of two federal agents, they find themselves pulled into the lethal world of drug traffickers.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    47%
  • Audience Score
    43%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
5 out of 5
Violence
5 out of 5

Dark, violent update of TV series. Not for kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie is not for kids. It's focused on cops undercover as drug smugglers: This involves lying, dealing with criminals, and performing illegal activities. The film includes frequent references to drug use and some images (crystal meth, cocaine, heroin). It also features brutal violence: gunshots blow through bodies, limbs, and heads, producing much blood. The effect is not cartoonish, but grisly and startling. Characters seek revenge, but don't always feel better when they achieve it.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the friendship between Crockett and Tubbs: Why do they support each other even when one thinks the other is going astray? Why does Crockett decide to help his criminal girlfriend escape? How do the various "sides" (cops, federal agents, and several tiers of criminals) distrust and betray one another?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    47%
    reviews counted: 7
    see all Miami Vice reviews
  • Audience

    43%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Michael Mann ridiculously attempts to inflate an episode of his '80s TV show into a feature length ballad of undercover ennui, lust and bloody intimidation.

- Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh:

- Dave White, Movies.com, Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Fresh: I couldn't take my eyes off the screen. It's a sensational trip -- gorgeous, gaga.

- David Edelstein, New York Magazine, Saturday, January 6, 2007

Audience Reviews

3 stars

All that is left of the original 80s show is the name, place and character names. You neither get to see much of the city nor the sun in this film, that feels like Michael Mann took his "Collateral" setting straight to Miami, with a very similar look and filming technique. The story of Sonny and Rico going undercover starts somewhat slow and could have used a few more action sequences. But the film does get better with every minute, as the story unfolds and things get more and more complicated. Foxx and Farrell are actually great choices for their characters. The second half is Michael Mann at its best: Dark, gritty, realistic shootouts and grim characters in a world of crime and murder. Especially the trailer park hostage rescue sequence is brilliant, as well the final moments of the movie, also thanks to a great soundtrack by the likes of Audioslave and Mogwai, whose fantastic instrumentals should be used in many more films. Not quite en par with the masterpieces "Heat" and "Collateral" but still pretty cool and a lot better than expected.

- ironclad1609, Wednesday, November 26, 2008

2 stars

Disappointing really, was hoping for something along the lines of Heat. Not a great deal of action, quite serious in tone and didn't seem to tie up all the loose ends. Bad Boys 2 seems very similar but with better action and a few laughs to.

- Deano78, Sunday, August 31, 2008

0 star

I lasted half an hour and I think that was stretching it, it's not often I can't see a film through, especially considering it starred Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx, who have proved to be much better actors than this film allowed, I was extremely dissapointed. I've never watched the tv series that the film was based on and so, of course I have no comparrisons to make.

- 76Majikat, Thursday, May 15, 2008