Dog Day Afternoon - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Dog Day Afternoon Reviews

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May 8, 2007
The curious thing about this film is that it has no words that are remotely memorable.
April 27, 2009
Enjoyable and even exciting at the start, Dog Day Afternoon degenerates into frustration and tedium toward nightfall -- an experience no less painful for the audience than for the actors.
January 26, 2006
The film's strength lies in its depiction of surfaces, lacking the visual or intellectual imagination to go beyond its shrewd social and psychological observations and its moments of absurdist humour.
February 5, 2018
I was entertained but somewhat less than satisfied, and I hope I can say that and still convey the idea that I think well of the film.
October 23, 2004
Sonny isn't explained or analyzed - just presented. He becomes one of the most interesting modern movie characters...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 8, 2007
It's an insane circus and you know that something, or someone, is going to blow a gasket. Pacino's performance is a multilayered display and the whole picture seems infected by his jitters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 26, 2002
One of Pacino's best. One of Lumet's best. It's a true American classic.
| Original Score: 5/5
May 19, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
January 2, 2016
Presents a remarkable collection of human beings behaving under stress.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
September 11, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
May 30, 2011
As much as it is about a deeply troubled individual, "Dog Day Afternoon" is about a shift toward exploitation in the American media via live television.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
April 27, 2009
One of Sidney Lumet's best jobs of directing and one of Al Pacino's best performances (as a bisexual bank robber) come together in a populist thriller with lots of New York juice
August 24, 2008
Dog Day Afternoon is, in the whole as well as the parts, filmmaking at its best.
August 24, 2008
Lumet channels Pacino's relentless energy into a sustained and blackly comic study of hopeless desperation.
February 10, 2006
captures perfectly the zeitgeist of the early 1970s, a time when optimism was scraping rock bottom and John Wojtowicz was as good a hero as we could come up with.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
June 6, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
May 10, 2007
An iconic movie, thoroughly New York, with Pacino in top form.
Full Review | Original Score: A
August 22, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
November 13, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
May 2, 2004
Pacino gives an engaging performance.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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