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The Dirty Dozen Reviews

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
August 3, 2015
Robert Aldrich dissects the underlying ideas with just enough craft and thoughtfulness to make the implications of this gritty 1966 war drama unsettling in not entirely constructive ways.
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TIME Magazine
August 3, 2015
he lopsided interpretation works largely because of a fine cast and a taut plot that closes the credibility gap.

August 3, 2015
Big, brutal and expertly executed, The Dirty Dozen is a quintessential, made-for-men war flick.
Tony Sloman
Radio Times
August 3, 2015
One of the smash hits of its year, this action-packed war movie is violent and amoral, and fans would say all the better for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide
August 3, 2015
Slambang funny, and extremely violent for its time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Penelope Houston
The Spectator
August 3, 2015
One could, no doubt, if sufficiently determined, see all this as some deep, dark (in fact, practically subterranean) satire on the military mind. But there's precious little evidence of irony in Robert Aldrich's direction or the script.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
March 18, 2011
Aldrich manages to use his time well, focusing on character traits and never letting the pace become bogged down.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
August 19, 2010
However trite the scenario looks now, it's still better than all but the best of its copycats.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Emanuel Levy
July 16, 2009
Boasting an all-male star cast, headed by Lee Marvin and Charles Bronson, this funny, nasty and brutal WWII actioner is Robert Aldrich's most popular film, a cult classic that changed the conventions of the war genre.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
Lee Marvin heads a very strong, nearly all-male cast in an excellent performance.
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
May 2, 2007
One of those movies in which you ask yourself, "So, who isn't in this movie?" The answer? Not many.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 4, 2007
It's a cholesterol-free action-packed war drama and not a tale about an unsanitary egg carton.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Will Harris
June 24, 2006
In the case of The Dirty Dozen, there isn't any camaraderie -- virtually every character in the film is a misfit and proud of it -- and, yet, it's probably one of the best entries in the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
May 19, 2006
...we expect action-adventure flicks to embroider reality. This one does so without stretching credibility to the breaking point and provides a good time in the process.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Chris Petit
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Overriding such nihilism is the super-crudity of Aldrich's energy and his humour, sufficiently cynical to suggest that the whole thing is a game anyway, a spectacle that demands an audience.
Chuck O'Leary
September 16, 2005
A macho male fantasy that still plays to the inner rebel in all viewers who harbor such a streak.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Steve Crum
May 31, 2005
Classic and extremely popular WWII actioner directed by Robert Aldrich.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Scott Russon
Empire Magazine
May 4, 2005
Aldrich has here set a precedent -- an anti-war film within the studio system. And it remains highly entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Right up to the last scene the movie is amusing, well paced, intelligent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
A raw and preposterous glorification of a group of criminal soldiers who are trained to kill and who then go about this brutal business with hot, sadistic zeal is advanced in The Dirty Dozen, an astonishingly wanton war film.
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