Not a Pacino fan in any movie he's done, find him one of the hammiest actors. Too long and pointless subplots that go on forever. Goodfellas and Casino are 2 of my all time fav movies, Heat just falls flat for me. It seems more like one massive long tv cop show episode than a movie. I have friends who love it but I can't get into it
See I found CASINO really self-indulgent, although I didn't hate it. How much a person likes HEAT does hinge quite a bit on how high their tolerance levels for Pacino are, so I can see your point there.
Also, they aren't bad but Kids, Thirteen, and Do The Right Thing are really just glorified exploitation movies. Snobsploitation I call it, when critics love movies like that
Never saw KIDS, and barely remember THIRTEEN, but I agree with you on DO THE RIGHT THING. It's certainly not CRASH-level bad or anything but it really felt like Lee was patting himself on the back just for pointing out that race issues exist, and he didn't present any possible solutions or even open up much of a dialogue. And it really
didn't help that he cast himself in the lead.