Dog Day Afternoon - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Dog Day Afternoon Reviews

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Kenneth Robinson
The Spectator
May 8, 2007
The curious thing about this film is that it has no words that are remotely memorable.
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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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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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Lumet is exploring the clichés, not just using them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
Scott Weinberg
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
September 11, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
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+
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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
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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 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
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
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
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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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