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The Good, the Bad, and the Weird Reviews

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Top Critic
Mike Hale
New York Times
April 23, 2010
[Director Kim Jee-woon] hits a new low with The Good, the Bad, the Weird, a hyper-violent action movie that takes the form of an Asian western.
| Original Score: 2/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 14, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Nicolas Rapold
Village Voice
April 20, 2010
Kim's filmmaking is generally cartoonish in a bad sense, as he squanders his set pieces, flashbacks, and other attention-getting with sometimes downright wretched staging.
Rob Daniel
Sky Movies
February 5, 2009
The Good The Bad The Weird is as scattershot as his second and third movies, but is well-staged, handsomely designed fun that never threatens to take itself seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent
February 10, 2009
Some fancy setpieces here and there, and gunplay just about everywhere, but none of the principals can begin to rival the sacred trio of Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef and the other one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 29, 2010
Goes for shallow pop instead of narrative depth. It's a lot of fun before it wears you out, and it wears you out sooner than it should.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
April 29, 2010
As vigorously staged as it all is -- sometimes confusingly, occasionally with camera-torqueing flair and impressive stuntwork -- the urge to thrill grows wearisome.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
May 6, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Stephanie Zacharek
Movieline
April 23, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
July 23, 2010
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Mike Edwards
What Culture
March 24, 2011
The most amazing silliness I've seen in ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine
April 24, 2010
An entertaining mashup of genre and style.
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
April 23, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
May 11, 2010
You don't feel the mad passion of Sergio Leone behind it, but a steadily spreading grin that never stops growing
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
May 5, 2010
Director/co-writer Kim certainly enjoys ransacking genres. We're holding out for his remake of Gone with the Wind.
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
October 13, 2008
It's exciting, funny, thrilling, and as entertaining as hell - and proves, if proof be needed, that genre knows no borders.
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?
May 18, 2010
The Good, the Bad, the Weird - When Tarantino met Leone ... and Spielberg, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kam Williams
Sly Fox
April 8, 2010
A lighthearted, low-budget remake likely to work well for those capable of approaching it more as a novelty than a knockoff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
February 5, 2009
This is filmmaking as rodeo ride: bruising and ultimately pointless, but thrilling as hell while it lasts.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
Bill Gibron
Filmcritic.com
April 10, 2010
Fast-paced, relentless, and almost too hyperactive for its own good, it stands as a perfect example of a filmmaker making a genre his own.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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