• 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

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Dog Day Afternoon Reviews

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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
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
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com

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

| Original Score: 5/5

July 26, 2002
Bob Grimm
Reno News and Review

| Original Score: 4/5

May 19, 2005
Rebecca Murray
About.com

| Original Score: 5/5

September 11, 2003
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

Pure cinema.

| Original Score: 5/5

August 2, 2008
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

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
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
Variety Staff
Variety
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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
Film4

An American classic.

Full Review Source: Film4

August 24, 2008
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

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
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

| Original Score: 4/5

June 6, 2003
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
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com

| Original Score: 5/5

August 22, 2002
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

| Original Score: 4/5

November 13, 2002
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Pacino gives an engaging performance.

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

May 2, 2004
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
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
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews

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

January 9, 2002
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

| Original Score: 4/5

March 1, 2008
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