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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
May 4, 2005
Aldrich has here set a precedent -- an anti-war film within the studio system. And it remains highly entertaining.
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
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.
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.