A Fistful of Dollars (Per un Pugno di Dollari) Reviews

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Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
Call me a heathen, but this has never been one of my favorite spaghetti Westerns.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 29, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Really little more than a series of loosely connected shoot-outs -- but, as Sergio Leone proved, there can be a lot of fun in that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
July 12, 2010
What Leone does with this movie is boil the Western down to its very essence, removing all the extraneous parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
August 26, 2009
Very much an act of sardonic disrespect toward the genre, yet it's also a legitimate passion play
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
The first (and nearly the best) of Eastwood & Leone's spaghetti westerns.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
July 26, 2002
Sergio Leone turns the Western on its ear with this iconic updating of the samurai classic Yojimbo.
| Original Score: 5/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
August 20, 2011
The moment where Sergio Leone, anonymous costume drama hack turned into Sergio Leone, keen stylist and poet of cruelty.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Cole Smithey
October 5, 2006
| Original Score: 5/5
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 14, 2010
Guns galore in intro "spaghetti Western" serving.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 14, 2006
It's Leone's shortest and simplest film, but all of his hallmarks -- a masterly use of space within the widescreen frame, Ennio Morricone's unusual soundtrack music, plenty of silence -- are already in place.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Frank Ochieng
May 22, 2003
Eastwood absolutely defines the sullen spaghetti western anti-hero in Sergio Leone's slick and sleepy shoot 'em up saga that kicks up the right amont of dramatic dust.
| Original Score: 4/5
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
June 13, 2008
A clever film, shot with sophistication, which ... propelled Eastwood to international stardom.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
This is a hard-hitting item, ably directed, splendidly lensed, neatly acted, which has all the ingredients wanted by action fans and then some.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Though far less operatic and satisfying than Leone's later work, his first spaghetti Western with Eastwood still looks stylish, if a little rough at the edges.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 21, 2002
The film is a no message one, but where violence is glorified by the hero who is as amoral as the villains.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 2, 2004
The first and one of the best of the spaghetti westerns
| Original Score: 5/5
Susan Granger
November 10, 2006
| Original Score: 3/5
Dan Jardine
December 31, 2009
A deliciously ripe spaghetti western
Full Review | Original Score: 81/100
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
December 29, 2011
Westerns were never the same after Sergio Leone.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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