Dirty Harry Reviews

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Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
June 19, 2009
The straw-man arguments made here skew towards caveman us-versus-them idiocy.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Variety
March 1, 2007
Clint Eastwood, in the title role, is a superhero whose antics become almost satire. Strip away the philosophical garbage and all that's left is a well-made but shallow running-and-jumping meller.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 30, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
If there aren't mentalities like Dirty Harry's at loose in the land, then the movie is irrelevant. If there are, we should not blame the bearer of the bad news.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
June 20, 2010
An iconic performance by Clint Eastwood creates a cinematic immortal.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
Dirty Harry was the original rogue tough-guy cop film, and while years of imitation, emulation and outright mockery have chipped away at the archetype, it's still fascinating to observe in its original form.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tony Macklin
tonymacklin.net
March 1, 2009
Don Siegel's Dirty Harry is an apt example of a film with a vision that few people perceive beyond its violent, flamboyant surfaces. If director Siegel might be a bit uncomfortable with a close reading of his movie, he also might be pleased that the...
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/5
Clint Morris
Film Threat
May 6, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Rebecca Murray
About.com
March 5, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
September 13, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
October 3, 2010
"Dirty Harry" is still one of the most enjoyable films you could hope to sit down with for a couple of hours.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
September 14, 2010
'70s rebel-cop classic is way too edgy for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 3, 2009
Siegel makes excellent use of San Francisco locations, even if Harry makes a few implausible leaps across town from time to time. The Kezar Stadium showdown in particular is a keeper.
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
May 27, 2003
The ultimate colorful cop caper to relish with exaggerated nihilistic pleasure. Eastwood at his squinty-eyed shoot 'em up best!
| Original Score: 4/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
July 6, 2010
Don Siegel's action thriller hasn't aged a single day since its release...
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000
The Dirty Harry films declined over the years, but the original's one worth seeking out.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 28, 2004
Clint Eastwood got the role of his life.
Full Review | Original Score: B
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
April 8, 2005
The man with no name gets a nickname and a badge.
| Original Score: 4/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
May 29, 2008
...a taut, well-paced cop thriller with two solid adversaries in conflict.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Sean Axmaker
Seanax.com
October 26, 2008
... as Inspector Harry Callahan, known to the squad as Dirty Harry, Eastwood turned his frontier persona into an urban cowboy on the mean streets of our urban world.
Rick J. Thompson
Senses of Cinema
May 30, 2001
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