The Dirty Dozen Reviews

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November 20, 2020
The Dirty Dozen with a fairly sharp script, plenty of excitement and adventure and a good cast still doesn't swim above the flood tide of over done World War II movie themes.
November 20, 2020
It is another magnificent performance by Marvin. Among his men are Telly Savalas Jim Brown Clint Walker, Charles Bronson, John Cassavetes, Donald Sutherland, Trini Lopez and Al Mancini. Every one is a scene-stealer at one moment or another.
November 20, 2020
In spite of an intelligent performance from Lee Marvin as the officer, director Robert Aldrich spins it out at such length that by the time the men actually get to France one has lost all interest.
November 20, 2020
Robert Aldrich directs with great skill, but can't conceal the spurious ethics and titillating violence.
November 20, 2020
The Dirty Dozen is a powerful motion picture concerned with rugged men bent on a ruthless mission. The climactic sequence is revolting.
November 20, 2020
Is it possible to be seized by a melodrama strung up by its technical dexterity and hauled into a state of willing involvement without quite approving of the film in toe end?
November 20, 2020
The picture's glorification of these swaggering, vicious criminals as heroes, its constant ridicule of discipline and authority and its depiction of the sadistic zeal with which the party goes about [killing] are grossly distasteful, sometimes revolting.
November 19, 2020
An abundance of hilarious humor, injected by Mr. Aldrich, the star, Lee Marvin and the cast, is a blessed relief from the strain of gory details and grim aspects of war, fought by a mere handful of American on foreign soil.
August 24, 2020
The film is lengthy, but the minutes are never wasted.
July 18, 2020
The Dirty Dozen is not the first movie to treat its audience with contempt. But the film is uncannily, frighteningly in keeping with today's military mentality.
July 18, 2020
The hours fly by, the action is well directed and the laughs are numerous. But relevant connective tissue between the episodes seems to be missing.
July 18, 2020
One of the three or four best American films of the year.
July 18, 2020
Unarguably one of the great war movies of all time.
March 18, 2020
On the question of the fighting itself Aldrich has played the whole thing for conventional heroics and bloody fun, with every war cliche in the book.
February 10, 2019
It must just be taken as another violence-fantasy no better and no worse than a dozen others.
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.
August 3, 2015
The 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.
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.
August 3, 2015
Slambang funny, and extremely violent for its time.
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