The Dirty Dozen Reviews

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
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
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?
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.
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
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.
February 4, 2007
It's a cholesterol-free action-packed war drama and not a tale about an unsanitary egg carton.
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.