DVD Talk says,
Dirty Harry is the original conservative backlash movie, that shocked pundits all across the political spectrum, even as it was just accepted as another violent thriller by the general public.and says it
is efficient and cruel propaganda, and still has a hell of a macho kick. It's an irresponsible film that claims a higher morality while making sadism and social vigilantism into a feel-good spectacle.Roger Ebert gives it 3 stars and says,
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.It gets a score of 95% from Rotten Tomatoes.