The Dirty Dozen Reviews

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.
Top Critic
August 3, 2015
he lopsided interpretation works largely because of a fine cast and a taut plot that closes the credibility gap.
March 26, 2009
Lee Marvin heads a very strong, nearly all-male cast in an excellent performance.
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.
October 23, 2004
Right up to the last scene the movie is amusing, well paced, intelligent.
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.
January 1, 2000
[Marvin's] acid tongue and rigid discipline sets an unbreakable rod against which a top-rate cast get to flex against in this highly entertaining film.
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.