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The Quick and the Dead Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 23, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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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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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
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
September 2, 2005
Sharon Stone misses the mark on this one.
| Original Score: 2/5
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
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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.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
You get lots of clothes here, but no emperor.
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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.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 9, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
September 3, 2004
| Original Score: 1/5
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
It's a mess, and one that even the pickled cowboys behind me found yawningly tedious, and that's not something I ever thought I'd be saying about a Sam Raimi movie with the word "dead" in the title.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
As it is, the film's more off-the-wall tendencies -- and there are plenty -- just seem ill at ease, if not completely out of place.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Scott Rosenberg
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Perhaps another director could have gotten both tribute and parody to work together; in Raimi's hands, they instead cast doubt upon each other.
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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
Scott Renshaw
January 1, 2000
Without a real focus on Raimi's satirical sensibilities and acrobatic camera tricks, it's just a less-than-mediocre knock-off of Eastwood's oeuvre.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Emanuel Levy
June 14, 2005
Read More | Original Score: C
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Entertainment Weekly
February 10, 1995
Full Review | Original Score: C
Brian Costello
Common Sense Media
March 11, 2015
Frequent gun violence in quirky '90s Western.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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