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The Quick and the Dead Reviews

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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media
March 11, 2015
Frequent gun violence in quirky '90s Western.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
September 19, 2009
Sam Raimi does a lot of interesting things in The Quick and the Dead and Sharon Stone plays a convincing female gunfighter, but the one-horse plot with no subplots to generate additional interest becomes a drag.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 3, 2007
Raimi's movie borrows heavily from classic spaghetti westerns, but Raimi has a style of his own, and plenty of it.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
A deadpan black comedy, Sam Raimi's fast-paced movie looks and sounds like a Leone oater but more so.
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
September 2, 2005
Raimi's gimmicky but endlessly inventive direction gives it plenty of gas, and the excellent cast takes it the rest of the way.
| Original Score: 4/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
September 2, 2005
Sharon Stone misses the mark on this one.
| Original Score: 2/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 30, 2004
Stylish Raimi western is violent, unpredictable.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
March 6, 2004
See it for yourself - surprising
| Original Score: 4/5
Fred Topel
July 14, 2003
Awesome western. Raimi's technique heightens the standard gunfight drama.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Mr. Raimi is limited by a sketch mentality, which means his jokes tend to be over long before his films end. But his tastes for visual mischief and crazy, ill-advised homage can still make for sly, sporadic fun.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
This film is wonderfully directed by Sam Raimi, who makes every shot pop up. From the gripping opening scene to the weird finale, every scene is full of Raimi's great visual style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Stephen Farber
January 9, 2002
Even when the script for The Quick and the Dead runs out of surprises, which is very early, director Sam Raimi keeps the action fast and funny, though he falters when he strains for seriousness.
Scott Weinberg
October 10, 2001
Another one of those movies meant for movie freaks.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
What Raimi can't find is a center. He hankers for us to giggle at the brutal archetypes he's parodying and to warm to them, too. It won't wash, pardner.
Matt Ford
April 17, 2001
The whole film has tremendous visual style, and the frequent bursts of violence are delivered with a clever and often hilarious use of special effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2001
Rarely dull, it is not noticeably compelling either, and as the derivative offshoot of a derivative genre, it inevitably runs out of energy well before any of its hotshots runs out of bullets.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Raimi's choice to give the film a comic book-like aura of mingled camp and grit makes for some fitfully energetic and entertaining moments, but it's not enough to overcome The Quick and the Dead's primary fault.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
As preposterous as the plot was, there was never a line of Hackman dialogue that didn't sound as if he believed it. The same can't be said, alas, for Sharon Stone...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Although Stone may be pleasing to some eyes, she's pretty small in the saddle here -- just an innocuous gender twist on the reluctant cowboy hero. And her story of hellbent revenge is about as compelling as a 30-second fragrance commercial.
Madeleine Williams
January 1, 2000
Sam Raimi's over-the-top homage/sendup of old westerns actually succeeds in making Sharon Stone a believable gunslinger.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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