Dirty Harry Reviews

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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.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
March 1, 2007
A crisp, beautifully paced film, full of Siegel's wonderful coups of cutting and framing.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
April 4, 2006
No less than Siegel's Invasion of the Body Snatchers, it offers a fabulous, multifarious political metaphor. (And, as with Body Snatchers, Siegel's own liberal interpretation was trumped by a more forceful hard-right reading.
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
Seminal law-and-order cinema.
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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
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Roger Greenspun
New York Times
May 21, 2003
What makes Dirty Harry worth watching no matter how dumb the story, is Siegel's superb sense of the city, not as a place of moods but as a theater for action.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5