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The Good, the Bad, and the Weird (2010)

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Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 64
Fresh: 54 | Rotten: 10

Whilst never taking itself too seriously, this riotous and rollicking Sergio Leone-inspired Korean Western is serious fun.

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Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 17
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 5

Whilst never taking itself too seriously, this riotous and rollicking Sergio Leone-inspired Korean Western is serious fun.

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Set in the 1930's Manchurian desert where lawlessness rules, three Korean men fatefully meet each other on a train. Do-Won is a bounty hunter who tracks down dangerous criminals. Chang- yi is the leader of a group of tough-as-nails bandits. Tae-goo is a train robber with nine lives. The three strangers engage in a chase across Manchuria to take possession of a map Tae-goo discovers while robbing the train. Also on the hunt for the mysterious map are the Japanese army and Asian bandits. In this

Aug 17, 2010

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All Critics (64) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (54) | Rotten (10) | DVD (5)

Imagine the sparseness of classic oaters matched with the energy of martial arts movies and you've got what Kim Jee-won has wrought.

August 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Thrill-seekers, rejoice. Here's the summer blockbuster you've been waiting for -- no, dreaming of. The Good, the Bad, the Weird is to Hollywood's puny efforts what the Large Hadron Collider is to a Hula Hoop.

May 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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With a nod and a wink to Sergio Leone, South Korean filmmaker Kim Jee-woon delivers a slam-bang western set in Manchuria after the Japanese invasion in 1931.

May 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Kimchi Westerns, anyone?

May 7, 2010 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Comment (1)
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If you're going to attempt an ambitious action epic, you'd better have the directorial chops to pull it off. Kim clearly doesn't.

May 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Comments (4)
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A giddy mashup of Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns and Lucas and Spielberg's Indiana Jones romps, this guns-a-blazing wide-screen Korean hit offers a nuttily staged, beautifully filmed, but kind of brainless homage to old-school Hollywood.

May 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Comment (1)
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The most amazing silliness I've seen in ages.

March 24, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

... a madcap chase for a treasure map filled with double crosses, crazy escapes and lots of black humor.

September 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Seanax.com
Seanax.com

This film was a total blast from start to finish! It's more than Good, has little that is Bad, and is filled with the Weird.

August 18, 2010 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

This is an object example of every dollar being on the screen.

August 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

'The Good, the Bad, the Weird' offers a bizarre but intoxicating synthesis of silliness and awe.

July 24, 2010 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

The production's blend of traditional cowboy tropes and 20th-century elements give it an out-of-time feel that's appropriate for what is basically a teenage boy's extended fantasy.

July 23, 2010 | Comments (5)
Kansas City Star

For the most part, an enjoyably wild ride that may do for what you might call the 'noodle western' what Leone's classics did for the pasta variety.

June 29, 2010 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Did you really just watch 50 guys on trucks and horses blast one another to bits while chasing one guy on a motorcycle? You did. And it was awesome.

June 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

Pours a ton of genre influences into the archetypal Cuisinart, pureeing everything from chop-socky cheapies to The Road Warrior in a gargantuan, cheerfully anachronistic romp.

June 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Weekly
Philadelphia Weekly

The Good, the Bad, the Weird - When Tarantino met Leone ... and Spielberg, too.

May 18, 2010 Full Review Source: What Would Toto Watch?
What Would Toto Watch?

The Good, the Bad, the Weird is little more than a series of anonymous, elaborate shoot-outs. Like its title, it's just a goof.

May 14, 2010 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Comments (2)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

This film starts with a real bang, with a thrilling and lengthy train heist, chase and shoot-out sequence that would be the highlight of many movies. But there's still more to it than that...

May 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

You don't feel the mad passion of Sergio Leone behind it, but a steadily spreading grin that never stops growing

May 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Philadelphia City Paper
Philadelphia City Paper

It grabs viewers right from the start, carries them along at a breakneck pace for more than two hours and then sends them off into the lobby feeling dazed, dizzy and delighted over what they have just experienced.

May 7, 2010 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Hollywood will try to sell you all summer long on their latest blockbuster being the thrill ride to beat this season. It will be a movie miracle if any of them are as straight-up entertaining as The Good, the Bad, the Weird.

May 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Retriever
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Audience Reviews for The Good, the Bad, and the Weird

A petty thief stumbles upon a map whilst robbing a train and sets off to retrieve the treasure with a cold blooded assassin, a bounty hunter, a gang of outlaws and the Japanese army in pursuit. The Good The Bad The Weird despite its title has little in common with Leone's film. It's far more of an out and out action film, spending little time bothering to flesh out the back story of the characters and the plot is really just a long chase punctuated by over the top shoot outs. What it is, is a lot of fun; the charismatic leads are always engaging to watch and the lighthearted blend of comedy and action has far more in common with the likes of Indiana Jones than The Man With No Name. I personally would have liked to have seen more of "the good", the laconic bounty hunter was for me the most interesting character, but also the one we learn the least about. It has a couple of nice twists and the ending can be seen as a comment on how in the modern age, wealth has become an abstract that has been taken from the grasp of the individual. I'd recommend watching the alternate ending if its available, which contains a couple of extra scenes that made it a lot more satisfying (quite why they were removed in the first place, I have no idea) and seeing it pushed my score up half a star.
August 2, 2013
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A dazzling two-hour smashup of pure non-stop enjoyment that you cannot get enough of. A ridiculously entertaining and wildly enjoyable movie. A pure and utterly fun action movie that's bold, very funny and inventive. A great tribute to The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. A slam-bang classic that is just a wonderful blast to watch. Director, Kim Ji-woon crafts a stunning, visually impressive and stylish western. It's filled with gun-slinging action, sizzling suspense, wild antics, great locations and terrific characters. It's beautifully filmed and refreshingly entertaining. An absolutely brilliant and tremendously thrilling piece of action movie magic. It's always fresh, energetic and never boring. The cast is a real blast. They all look like they are having fun with their roles. Song Kang-ho is outrageous. Byung-hun Lee is excellent. Woo-sung Jung is terrific. I really loved this movie, it's not what you expect and dose not end the way you think it will but its exactly what you will want to see.
May 27, 2013
allan913

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A spaghetti western with Koreans?!?!? Hey, it works!

Frenetic action, marvelous set-pieces coupled with quirky humor, and some of the most creative camerawork to grace an action movie makes "The Good, the Bad, and the Weird" an absolute marvel to watch. When the action dies down, the movie continues to offer a surprisingly entertaining, albeit simplistic narrative that involves all its characters to be singularly focused on one goal: the map. It works but it simply isn't as memorable as it should be -- especially the last action set-piece; it was surprisingly boring with really sloppy action compared to the rest of the spectacular ensemble set-pieces.

When all's said and done, "The Good, the Bad, and the Weird" may have some stand-out camera-workings paired with some inventive and adrenaline-pumping in-your-face action, but it hardly manages to be a memorable movie.
March 18, 2012
Albert Kim

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Its very stylistic and lets the story be both funny and serious! Its a great achievement in Korean Cinema and proves that they can make a great western just like americans!
February 29, 2012
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