The Good, the Bad, and the Weird Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 6, 2010
Imagine the sparseness of classic oaters matched with the energy of martial arts movies and you've got what Kim Jee-won has wrought.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 13, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
May 7, 2010
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.
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
May 7, 2010
Kimchi Westerns, anyone?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 6, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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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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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
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
April 23, 2010
The Good, the Bad, the Weird may owe a lot to other films, but it is always fresh and never boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
April 22, 2010
It's hard to knock any movie that opens with an eye-popping train robbery, followed by a balls-out siege, and then a super-cool heist.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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David Fear
Time Out
April 21, 2010
A slavish, supercharged riff on Sergio Leone's epic three-the-hard-way spaghetti Western, Kim Ji-woon's all-star spectacle wastes little time in lighting a fire under its unholy trinity's derrieres.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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.
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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
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Maggie Lee
Hollywood Reporter
October 18, 2008
A jaunty, happy-go-lucky adventure that packs a fistful of dynamite in the spectacular showdown.
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Derek Elley
Variety
October 18, 2008
The movie raises the bar yet again for South Korean tech expertise and ambition, as well as launching the K-oater subgenre.