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Magnum Force (1973)

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Release Date: Jan 1, 1973 Wide

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The second Dirty Harry movie, Magnum Force concerns itself with a vigilante group that has targeted notorious scofflaws for extermination. When a prominent gang boss or drug-runner is set free by the airheaded liberal courts, a covert group of "avengers" is soon on hand to blow the miscreant to bits. While detective Dirty Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) is no great friend of civil liberties, he is dead set against wholesale murder as a solution to legal loopholes. Discovering that all the

Nov 20, 2001

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All Critics (24) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (4) | DVD (19)

But who polices the police?

March 13, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

An enthralling thriller which resounds like the boom of the Magnum force

August 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Dirty Harry feels like a lucky punk once again.

October 30, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Engrossing follow-up to Dirty Harry

December 5, 2003
Lawrence Journal-World

one of the best in the Dirty Harry series. a tough drama with Eastwood at top form.

August 20, 2002
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Eastwood doing what he does best! (Westerns aside, of course.)

July 26, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

With bravado and resourcefulness to spare, Harry would make a great trainer for today's new crew of sky marshals.

December 3, 2001 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

...too long and too wayward.

November 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comments (3)
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for Magnum Force

A tough, hard-core and explosive action-thriller that gets the job done. It`s sharply written and well-constructed action film that has lots of flavor. Clint Eastwood is in top form as Dirty Harry, showing that truly no cop series can stand next to his classic character or these films.
December 2, 2012
allan913

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This is a solid, action packed and violent (with the series's highest body count at 30) sequel to perennial 70s classic crime caper Dirty Harry. This time out, Harry goes up against a death squad of vigilantes, who, as it turns out, are cops that have a sense of justice more brutal and absolute than Harry's. It's an interesting twist, mostly since the first film often gets labeled as fascist for how it shows Harry as pretty ruthless when it comes to carrying out the law. That even he gets sickened by the tactics of the vigilantes here is wonderfully ironic, and makes for a great set up as far as a plot goes.

The film isn't quite as good as the first, but it's still really well done, entertaining, and even a tad thought provoking. The concept could have been handled perhaps a little better and stronger, but at least screenwriters (and future directors) Michael Cimino and John Milius try and put some effort into things. Ted Post is in the director's chair, and he brings a great amount of action with some quieter moments. Lalo Schifrin returns to do the music, and of course, Eastwood shines in one of his signature roles. His supporting cast includes Hal Holbrook, and he does a splendid job of going toe to toe with Clint, and the rest of the cast are okay too.

The film does have some plot holes, and kinda really seems like a strung together series of vignettes at times, but even then it's a rousing caper featuring one of the coolest characters ever.
August 21, 2012
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Chris Weber

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Not even close to the amazing achievement of the first film. While it is pretty cool to watch Dirty Harry fight Hutch, I was really underwhelmed.
October 4, 2011
kenstachnik

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