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

Dog Day Afternoon Reviews

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
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.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
October 23, 2004

Lumet is exploring the clichés, not just using them.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 26, 2002

One of Pacino's best. One of Lumet's best. It's a true American classic.

| Original Score: 5/5
Bob Grimm
Reno News and Review
May 19, 2005

| Original Score: 4/5
Rebecca Murray
About.com
September 11, 2003

| Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
August 2, 2008

Pure cinema.

| Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
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+
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
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

Variety Staff
Variety
Top Critic
August 24, 2008

Dog Day Afternoon is, in the whole as well as the parts, filmmaking at its best.

Jon Fortgang
Film4
August 24, 2008

An American classic.

Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
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
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 6, 2003

| Original Score: 4/5
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
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com
August 22, 2002

| Original Score: 5/5
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
November 13, 2002

| Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 2, 2004

Pacino gives an engaging performance.

Full Review | Original Score: B
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
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
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 9, 2002

The audience is never bored, thanks to the good script by Frank Pierson that compensates the lack of action with good dialogue.

Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
March 1, 2008

| Original Score: 4/5
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