Sudden Impact
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It is viewed by many aficionados as the best of the five movies about the hard-nosed, authority-defying San Francisco cop."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"To all those cowboy movies we saw in our youth, all those TV Westerns and cop dramas and war movies, Dirty Harry has brought a great simplification: A big man, a big gun, a bad guy and instant justice."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"At times like a traffic jam of different stories and characters crossing paths back and forth for almost two hours, and there isn't too much tension to go with it."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The film lags whenever Eastwood isn't on screen, but even his dryly humorous patter can't offset the very sour, mean tone of the rest of the film."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Boy did Ronald Reagan love this movie!"
‑ Brad Laidman, Film Threat
"This is the first entry in the series to have been directed by Eastwood himself, and action is put over with great force, if also with some obviousness."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"By my count, more than a dozen people are murdered on camera, about half by Miss Locke and most of the others by Mr. Eastwood. This gives them something in common as lovers."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"...stretches the believability factor to the limit, with a story that is all over the map."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Sadly, Clint was still sleeping with Sandra Locke and giving her work! The worse of the "Dirty Harry" films...didn't "make my day""
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
"Not as strong as the first three Dirty Harry movies, but this fourth one has enough classic Harry Callahan moments to make it a worthy addition to the series."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"Eastwood the star needed a hit to bolster his flagging ratings; now that he's got it, maybe Harry will be put out to stud, with his Magnum."
‑ , Time Out
"Considering that Sudden Impact delivers one of the most memorable lines in movie history, it's surprising how forgettable the rest of it is."
‑ Rob Vaux, Mania.com
"A study of the Dirty Harry macho drive, worked out lucidly by the filmmaker and his avenging muse"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Harry starts to parody himself with this one."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Dirty Harry draws again. Vintage Clint."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
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