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The Quick and the Dead Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C
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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.
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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
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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.
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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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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
ReelViews
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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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
You get lots of clothes here, but no emperor.
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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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Entertainment Weekly
February 10, 1995
Full Review | Original Score: C