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Dirty Harry Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
April 16, 2011
A significant film ideologically, this right-wing revenge crimer catapulted Clint Eastwood to major stardom and launched a whole cycle of films about taking the law into your hands.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Cole Smithey
October 3, 2010
"Dirty Harry" is still one of the most enjoyable films you could hope to sit down with for a couple of hours.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
September 14, 2010
'70s rebel-cop classic is way too edgy for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
July 6, 2010
Don Siegel's action thriller hasn't aged a single day since its release...
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
June 20, 2010
An iconic performance by Clint Eastwood creates a cinematic immortal.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 3, 2009
Siegel makes excellent use of San Francisco locations, even if Harry makes a few implausible leaps across town from time to time. The Kezar Stadium showdown in particular is a keeper.
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
June 19, 2009
The straw-man arguments made here skew towards caveman us-versus-them idiocy.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Tony Macklin
March 1, 2009
Don Siegel's Dirty Harry is an apt example of a film with a vision that few people perceive beyond its violent, flamboyant surfaces. If director Siegel might be a bit uncomfortable with a close reading of his movie, he also might be pleased that the...
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/5
Sean Axmaker
October 26, 2008
... as Inspector Harry Callahan, known to the squad as Dirty Harry, Eastwood turned his frontier persona into an urban cowboy on the mean streets of our urban world.

August 24, 2008
If you don't buy this sociological stuff and consider Dirty Harry to be little more than an above average B-picture, it's impossible to deny it is a superb action movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
May 29, 2008
...a taut, well-paced cop thriller with two solid adversaries in conflict.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Top Critic

March 1, 2007
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.

TV Guide
March 1, 2007
A fascist film, or a film about a fascist cop? Either way, this is suspenseful, energetic stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
March 1, 2007
A crisp, beautifully paced film, full of Siegel's wonderful coups of cutting and framing.
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
December 28, 2006
The Eastwood-Siegel combo packs more of a punch every year.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
April 4, 2006
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.
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
Seminal law-and-order cinema.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
September 21, 2005
An all-time great that keeps getting better with age. Andrew Robinson's Scorpio gets my vote for the most loathsome movie villain ever.
| Original Score: 5/5
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
April 8, 2005
The man with no name gets a nickname and a badge.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 28, 2004
Clint Eastwood got the role of his life.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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