Dog Day Afternoon
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

Based on a true 1972 story, Sidney Lumet's 1975 drama chronicles a unique bank robbery on a hot summer afternoon in New York City. Shortly before closing time, scheming loser Sonny (Al Pacino) and his slow-witted buddy, Sal (John… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 21, 1975
DVD Release Date: December 16, 1997
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Framed by great work from director Sidney Lumet and fueled by a gripping performance from Al Pacino, Dog Day Afternoon offers a finely detailed snapshot of people in crisis with tension-soaked drama shaded in black humor.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Variety Staff

Dog Day Afternoon is, in the whole as well as the parts, filmmaking at its best.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Presents a remarkable collection of human beings behaving under stress.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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

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Leonard Quart
Time Out

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.

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Scott Renshaw
Salt Lake City Weekly

[Dog Day Afternoon] speaks to a particular moment in an edgy early 1970s New York City -- a post-Stonewall city of people figuring out identities, and bubbling with anti-establishment anger and a nascent culture of exploitation media.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

[Pacino] gives an electric performance, charged with a lunatic energy that expertly captures the weird blend of confidence and self-deprecation (if not hatred) that marks the paranoid syndrome.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

It's beautifully acted by performers who appear to have grown up on the city's sidewalks in the heat and hopelessness of an endless midsummer.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Al Pacino delivers what might be his best performance (certainly top two or three).

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
An honest, gritty and unexpectedly sensitive performance by Pacino with strong support from Durning make this film well worth watching. Although the film is… More
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Eugene Bernabe
Al Pacino gives arguably one of his greatest performances in this gritty & hostile film. Dog Day Afternoon supplies dramatic & classical moments with… More
Bruce Bruce
I was in Kenndy Airport the day this happen, was going to boot camp in the navy, my flight was held up for hours pissed off the drill instructors. A brilliant… More
Kevin M. Williams
Zowie! Sidney Lumet's vision of the Big Apple circa 1972 sparkles with historical and cultural authenticity (which I hated when it was released for being… More
Carlos Magalhães
Al Pacino is beyond priceless in this hilarious film about a hugely inept bank robbery, and Lumet balances humor and action with perfection, creating many… More