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The Dirty Dozen Reviews

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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.
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
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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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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.
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
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 1, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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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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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
The Dirty Dozen has always been highly regarded by both war movie fans and action fans alike. The movie's deeper thematic material is left in the subtext, allowing those who prefer to ignore it to do so comfortably.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Scott Weinberg
July 29, 2002
Classic all-star action. Just a whole lot of good, gritty fun.
| Original Score: 5/5
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
Rebecca Murray
September 19, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
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
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
Lee Marvin heads a very strong, nearly all-male cast in an excellent performance.
Christopher Null
May 9, 2006
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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-
Rob Blackwelder
August 5, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 27, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
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
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
April 28, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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