Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 15
  2. Negative: 6 out of 15
  1. The Dead Pool isn't much of a movie. It certainly isn't as fun, nor as compelling as its predecessors, and now and then the forced plot gets so ridiculous that it is certain to try the patience of even the most die-hard viewers. [13 Jul 1988, p.E1]
  2. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    The Dead Pool is not a subtle movie or a bloodless one, although it does manage to put its own twist on the usual car chase sequence. [13 Jul 1988, p.59]
  3. With its stylized story-line and almost styleless direction, it sometimes resembles a juggling act with sledgehammers. [13 Jul 1988, p.1]
  4. The Dead Pool, possesses a couple of good jokes, but nothing can disguise the fact that it's a mini-movie in the company of a mythic figure.
  5. Reviewed by: Desson Howe
    Unless you're a Clint fan there's little other reason to sit through this one.
  6. In The Dead Pool, Dirty Harry is downright dusty. The erstwhile right-wing San Francisco homicide inspector has mellowed so much in the fifth installment of his adventures that he's become the darling of the liberal Bay Area media and he seems almost bored by blowing people away. [13 Jul 1988, p.C7]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jun 12, 2013
    I can’t understand why this movie got so low a score in average from critics, certainly it’s not for this movie’s being changeable, as Inspector Callahan keeps his iron heart and inflexible working style to the end, and shows not a trace of any possibility of change. Even with his constant role, this sequel of Dirty Harry deserves more cheers.
    I gave it a score of eight, 1 point above that changeable third Iron Man.
    By the interval of one or two years, this movie will appeal to me for another watching. Besides, the lady in the film looks so tender, but she lacks no courage.
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  2. Jun 13, 2011
    Completely underrated movie the Dirty Harry Franchise