David Kalat at Movie Morlocks:

“Although The Big Heat lacked the bigger budgets or marquee name stars of his earlier Hollywood works, and although it had been raced through production at breakneck speed, it stands as one of Lang’s greatest accomplishments and an enduring noir classic. If only the films that followed on its heels could have better followed in its footsteps, perhaps Lang’s career might have taken a different path.”

John Patterson at The Guardian:

“Twenty-five years on, it seems extraordinary that a critically underperforming Italian movie – a nostalgic, sentimental movie about moviegoing, to boot – by an unknown 32-year-old director should, after flopping on initial release in its own country, have gone on to win the Grand Prix at Cannes and the best foreign film Oscar for 1989, and become one of the most successful foreign-language movies of all time.”

Kent Jones at the Criterion Current:

Cinema is fragile. It is—or was—physically fragile. And the memory of cinema is fragile as well, the very framework of our understanding of all these flickerings, the secret story that we’ve been following from Lumière and Méliès on. These titles are precious, illuminated fragments of that story. It was an honor for us to be able to restore them, and—to quote Dickens—to help recall them to life.”