• R, 2 hr. 30 min.
  • Drama, Classics
  • Directed By:
    Sidney Lumet
    In Theaters:
    Sep 21, 1975 Wide
    On DVD:
    Dec 16, 1997


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Dog Day Afternoon Reviews

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Cole Smithey

As much as it is about a deeply troubled individual, "Dog Day Afternoon" is about a shift toward exploitation in the American media via live television.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: A+

May 30, 2011
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

Strong performances and forward-thinking situations make this political thriller an exceptionally vibrant experience.

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 4/4

April 11, 2011
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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Enjoyable and even exciting at the start, Dog Day Afternoon degenerates into frustration and tedium toward nightfall -- an experience no less painful for the audience than for the actors.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

April 27, 2009
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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One of Sidney Lumet's best jobs of directing and one of Al Pacino's best performances (as a bisexual bank robber) come together in a populist thriller with lots of New York juice

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

April 27, 2009
Steve Crum

Fine, but overrated Pacino vehicle directed by Lumet.

| Original Score: 4/5

October 23, 2008
Emanuel Levy

Though fact-based, Lumet's heist film (his best work) is a wild satire with farcical tones about a normless, irrational society whose (anti)heroes are crazy delusional marginal men, played with panache by Pacino and Cazale in their most spontaneous turns

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: A

September 28, 2008

TIME Magazine
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[Pacino] gives an electric performance, charged with a lunatic energy that expertly captures the weird blend of confidence and self-deprecation (if not hatred) that marks the paranoid syndrome.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

August 24, 2008
Variety Staff
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Dog Day Afternoon is, in the whole as well as the parts, filmmaking at its best.

Full Review Source: Variety

August 24, 2008
Jon Fortgang

An American classic.

Full Review Source: Film4

August 24, 2008
Cole Smithey

Pure cinema.

| Original Score: 5/5

August 2, 2008
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

An iconic movie, thoroughly New York, with Pacino in top form.

Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine) | Original Score: A

May 10, 2007
Gil Jawetz

[Dog Day Afternoon is] so perfectly executed that it almost feels like the wall of art is being pulled back slightly, revealing the reality of life, in all its messy, contradictory, confusing wonder.

Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com | Original Score: 5/5

February 28, 2006
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

Few fictional thrillers are as tense or as funny as this real-life recreation.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 8/10

February 24, 2006
Christopher Null

captures perfectly the zeitgeist of the early 1970s, a time when optimism was scraping rock bottom and John Wojtowicz was as good a hero as we could come up with.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 4.5/5

February 10, 2006
Adam Smith
Empire Magazine

Pacino simmers in this daring and brilliantly constructed treatise on the many facets of a crime.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 5/5

February 1, 2006

Time Out
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The film's strength lies in its depiction of surfaces, lacking the visual or intellectual imagination to go beyond its shrewd social and psychological observations and its moments of absurdist humour.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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It's beautifully acted by performers who appear to have grown up on the city's sidewalks in the heat and hopelessness of an endless midsummer.

May 9, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Lumet is exploring the clichés, not just using them.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 23, 2004
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Pacino gives an engaging performance.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

May 2, 2004
Hollywood Bitchslap

Pacino at the top of his game. A riveting ride.

| Original Score: 5/5

March 26, 2003
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