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Dog Day Afternoon Reviews

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Scott Renshaw
Salt Lake City Weekly
October 19, 2015
[Dog Day Afternoon] speaks to a particular moment in an edgy early 1970s New York City -- a post-Stonewall city of people figuring out identities, and bubbling with anti-establishment anger and a nascent culture of exploitation media.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
September 26, 2015
Al Pacino delivers what might be his best performance (certainly top two or three).
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Cole Smithey
May 30, 2011
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 | Original Score: A+
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
April 11, 2011
Strong performances and forward-thinking situations make this political thriller an exceptionally vibrant experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
April 27, 2009
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.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
April 27, 2009
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
Steve Crum
October 23, 2008
Fine, but overrated Pacino vehicle directed by Lumet.
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
September 28, 2008
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 | Original Score: A
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
August 24, 2008
[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.
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Variety Staff
August 24, 2008
Dog Day Afternoon is, in the whole as well as the parts, filmmaking at its best.
Jon Fortgang
August 24, 2008
Lumet channels Pacino's relentless energy into a sustained and blackly comic study of hopeless desperation.
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
May 10, 2007
An iconic movie, thoroughly New York, with Pacino in top form.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Kenneth Robinson
The Spectator
May 8, 2007
The curious thing about this film is that it has no words that are remotely memorable.
Adrian Turner
Radio Times
May 8, 2007
It's an insane circus and you know that something, or someone, is going to blow a gasket. Pacino's performance is a multilayered display and the whole picture seems infected by his jitters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Gil Jawetz
February 28, 2006
[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 | Original Score: 5/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
February 24, 2006
Few fictional thrillers are as tense or as funny as this real-life recreation.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Christopher Null
February 10, 2006
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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
Adam Smith
Empire Magazine
February 1, 2006
Pacino simmers in this daring and brilliantly constructed treatise on the many facets of a crime.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Leonard Quart
Time Out
January 26, 2006
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.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
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.
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