The Dirty Dozen 1967

Critics score:
91 / 100

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TIME Magazine: He lopsided interpretation works largely because of a fine cast and a taut plot that closes the credibility gap. Read more

Bosley Crowther, New York Times: A raw and preposterous glorification of a group of criminal soldiers who are trained to kill and who then go about this brutal business with hot, sadistic zeal is advanced in The Dirty Dozen, an astonishingly wanton war film. Read more

Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader: Robert Aldrich dissects the underlying ideas with just enough craft and thoughtfulness to make the implications of this gritty 1966 war drama unsettling in not entirely constructive ways. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: The Dirty Dozen has always been highly regarded by both war movie fans and action fans alike. The movie's deeper thematic material is left in the subtext, allowing those who prefer to ignore it to do so comfortably. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: Right up to the last scene the movie is amusing, well paced, intelligent. Read more

Chris Petit, Time Out: Overriding such nihilism is the super-crudity of Aldrich's energy and his humour, sufficiently cynical to suggest that the whole thing is a game anyway, a spectacle that demands an audience. Read more

Variety Staff, Variety: Lee Marvin heads a very strong, nearly all-male cast in an excellent performance. Read more