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As tough and taciturn as its no-nonsense hero, Dirty Harry delivers a deceptively layered message without sacrificing an ounce of its solid action impact. Read critic reviews

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Cop Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) attempts to track down a psychopathic rooftop killer before a kidnapped girl dies. When he is found Harry abuses the murderer's civil rights putting him back on the streets. Once he is released he hijacks a school bus and Harry must go after him again. The only way to stop this vicious killer is in cold blood.

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  • Clint Eastwood, in the title role, is a superhero whose antics become almost satire. Strip away the philosophical garbage and all that's left is a well-made but shallow running-and-jumping meller.

    March 1, 2007 | Full Review…
  • A crisp, beautifully paced film, full of Siegel's wonderful coups of cutting and framing.

    March 1, 2007 | Full Review…
  • No less than Siegel's Invasion of the Body Snatchers, it offers a fabulous, multifarious political metaphor. (And, as with Body Snatchers, Siegel's own liberal interpretation was trumped by a more forceful hard-right reading.

    April 4, 2006
  • Seminal law-and-order cinema.

    January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
  • If there aren't mentalities like Dirty Harry's at loose in the land, then the movie is irrelevant. If there are, we should not blame the bearer of the bad news.

    October 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • What makes Dirty Harry worth watching no matter how dumb the story, is Siegel's superb sense of the city, not as a place of moods but as a theater for action.

    May 21, 2003 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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  • Oct 01, 2016
    I have never seen this series before and I have to say I enjoyed this. I can see why it is a classic and helped make Clint Eastwood a household name.
    Ian W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 04, 2016
    Clint Eastwood is the hard, play-by-my-rules inspector Harry Callahan who frequently takes the law into his own hands. This is a pretty unrealistic depiction of cop life. But who cares? Dirty Harry is a great, entertaining watch not to be taken too seriously.
    Peter B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 07, 2013
    it would eventually become a cliche but Eastwood's Dirty Harry is a great character. I don't know if he ended up ruining it in Magnum Force or Sudden Impact and I have no current desire to see either but this original is great seventies action. Very enjoyable.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 06, 2012
    Two elements hold "Dirty Harry" back from being a classic: muddled cinematography and a forgettable villain. Half of the time, actions are unclear because of dark, uninvolving camerawork, which may be a result of lackluster direction, and Scorpio is an uninspired, uninteresting bad guy. Clint Eastwood oozes cool with his character and utters some memorable quotes, and even though the plot is predictable, it unravels in an entertaining way. "Dirty Harry" is by no means a great film, but what it offers in terms of enjoyment is worth the watch.
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