Dirty Harry
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"You've got to ask yourself a question: 'do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?" Dirty Harry provoked a critical uproar in 1971 for its "fascist" message about the power of one, as it also elevated Clint Eastwood to superstar status through his most enduring screen persona. Harry Callahan (Eastwood, in a role meant for Frank Sinatra) is a sardonic, hard-working San Francisco cop who can't finish his lunch without having to foil a bank robbery with his 44 Magnum, "the most powerful handgun in the world." When hippie-esque psycho Scorpio (Andy… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ , Variety
"Seminal law-and-order cinema."
‑ , Time Out
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Don Siegel's action thriller hasn't aged a single day since its release..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The straw-man arguments made here skew towards caveman us-versus-them idiocy."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"A crisp, beautifully paced film, full of Siegel's wonderful coups of cutting and framing."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
""Dirty Harry" is still one of the most enjoyable films you could hope to sit down with for a couple of hours."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"An iconic performance by Clint Eastwood creates a cinematic immortal."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"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..."
‑ Tony Macklin, tonymacklin.net
"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."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"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."
‑ Roger Greenspun, New York Times
"'70s rebel-cop classic is way too edgy for kids."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"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."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"... 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."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seanax.com
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