Dog Day Afternoon (1975) (mini-review++)


(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)

(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)

The mini-review:

Dog Day Afternoon

acting 10

directing 8

effects 7

editing 7

writing 9


4.3 out of 5 šŸ™


No one loves the first two Godfather movies better than me. And I’m not the first to say this, either. But in a legendary career, this is Al Pacino’s finest role. Even though he is overshadowed by this supernova, John Cazale still manages to shine as the most unlikely bank robbery accessory. And when you find out why this bank robbery is going down, you’ll be blown away by how far ahead of social mores this movie was when it came out. Shoot, I still haven’t seen what’s essentially a burglary movie with this kind of fascinating context. I think this movie never would have been made if it wasn’t based on a true story.




(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.

(2) Octopuses (0-5 šŸ™, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)

(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feelingā€¦not that SW score is scientificā€¦but this one is even less so

(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)

Leave a Reply