The Day of the Jackal
The Day of the Jackal (1973)

In this involving political thriller, a secret French paramilitary organization plans to assassinate French President Charles De Gaulle (Adrien Cayla-Legrand) because of their disagreement with his policies during the Algerian War. They… More

Directed By:
Rated: PG
Running Time:
Release Date: January 1, 1973
DVD Release Date: April 28, 1998
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Don Druker
Chicago Reader

It's a polished and exciting thriller, mercifully unburdened with heavy political/philosophical digressions.

Full review…
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

I wasn't prepared for how good it really is: it's not just a suspense classic, but a beautifully executed example of filmmaking.

Full review…
Emanuel Levy

Like all Zinnemann's work, this meticulously crafted political thriller is involving but not exciting due to his detached perspective and the fact that we know the outcome, that De Gaulle wasn't assassinated, but it's cast with Europe's best actors.

Full review…
Variety Staff

The major asset of the film is that it succeeds in maintaining interest and suspense despite obvious viewer foreknowledge of the outcome.

Full review…
Vincent Canby
New York Times

The details are minutely observed and, to me, just a bit boring.

Full review…
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World

Great assassination-based thriller

Time Out

Low on documentary conviction and political context, but an intriguing exercise in concealing the obvious.

Full review…
TV Guide

A taut, suspenseful, and fascinating political thriller.

Full review…
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An engrossing film about a terrorist.

Full review…
More reviews for The Day of the Jackal

Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
This movie was so epic in its story. A film surrounding a plot to assassinate French President Charles de Gaulle. It's an ultimate Thriller that keeps you… More
jay nixon
Excellent thriller, film making of another era when something didn't have to blow up every five minutes, so it takes its time telling the story.… More
Alexis Nomm
this movie is 2 1/2 hours long.. i fell a sleep a handful of times and there's no music in the whole thing. it's very boring and very long. i like the… More
Aaron Neuwirth
Col. Rodin: We are not terrorists, you understand. We are patriots. Our duty is to the soldiers who've died fighting in Algeria, and to the three million… More
Cassandra Maples
The opening five minutes of the film are a marvel. Almost completely devoid of dialogue the scenes portray visually more story than most modern thrillers can… More
xGary Xx
An intelligent euro-thriller concerning an algerian terrorist plot to assassinate De Gaul. This film is carried almost in it's entirety by Edward Fox, who… More