Dog Day Afternoon Reviews

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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
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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
Variety
August 24, 2008
Dog Day Afternoon is, in the whole as well as the parts, filmmaking at its best.
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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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Lumet is exploring the clichés, not just using them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4