Dirty Harry
Dirty Harry (1971)

"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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 24, 1971
DVD Release Date: November 18, 1997
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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.

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Time Out

Seminal law-and-order cinema.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

A crisp, beautifully paced film, full of Siegel's wonderful coups of cutting and framing.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Cole Smithey

"Dirty Harry" is still one of the most enjoyable films you could hope to sit down with for a couple of hours.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

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.

Roger Greenspun
New York Times

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.

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Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

'70s rebel-cop classic is way too edgy for kids.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Dean King
The best Dirty Harry film, good cop thriller.
Jim Hunter
A police officer who has no respect for the law tracks a killer holding the city for ransom. I don't think it's only because I didn't like the… More
xGary Xx
In the pursuit of the gleefully sadistic yet cowardly Scorpio killer, played to perfection by Andy Robinson, Detective Inspector Harry Callahan manages to step… More
Thomas Bowler
Gritty cop thriller with a great Eastwood performance and some fantastic quotes. Full review later.
Al S
A gritty and riveting thriller. A classic of its time and still works today. Clint Eastwood gives a real movie star performance, he has the grit, wit and tough… More
Jim Careter
Dirty Harry is a film by Don Siegel and is quite possible the greatest crime thriller I have ever seen, and I do not say that lightly, I mean I have never seen… More