The Dirty Dozen Reviews

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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
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
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 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.
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.
March 18, 2011
Aldrich manages to use his time well, focusing on character traits and never letting the pace become bogged down.
August 19, 2010
However trite the scenario looks now, it's still better than all but the best of its copycats.
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.
March 26, 2009
Lee Marvin heads a very strong, nearly all-male cast in an excellent performance.
May 2, 2007
One of those movies in which you ask yourself, "So, who isn't in this movie?" The answer? Not many.
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.
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.
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