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A Fistful of Dollars (Per un Pugno di Dollari) Reviews

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May 12, 2017
... this was a new kind of western: cynical, violent, stylish, and austere, playing out in a landscape of endless deserts and clapboard towns infested with gunmen.
December 29, 2011
Westerns were never the same after Sergio Leone.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
August 20, 2011
The moment where Sergio Leone, anonymous costume drama hack turned into Sergio Leone, keen stylist and poet of cruelty.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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May 23, 2011
Once in a great while a western comes along that breaks new ground and becomes a classic of the genre.
December 14, 2010
Guns galore in intro "spaghetti Western" serving.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 12, 2010
What Leone does with this movie is boil the Western down to its very essence, removing all the extraneous parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 31, 2009
A deliciously ripe spaghetti western
Full Review | Original Score: 81/100
August 26, 2009
Very much an act of sardonic disrespect toward the genre, yet it's also a legitimate passion play
March 26, 2009
This is a hard-hitting item, ably directed, splendidly lensed, neatly acted, which has all the ingredients wanted by action fans and then some.
October 18, 2008
A Fistful of Dollars may lack the mournful intensity and Shakespearian comedy of the later Leone classics, but as an action film it holds up brilliantly.
June 13, 2008
A clever film, shot with sophistication, which ... propelled Eastwood to international stardom.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 5, 2006
Awesome.
| Original Score: 5/5
August 29, 2006
Though far from perfected in this film, Leone's style would mature through his next two films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 14, 2006
It's Leone's shortest and simplest film, but all of his hallmarks -- a masterly use of space within the widescreen frame, Ennio Morricone's unusual soundtrack music, plenty of silence -- are already in place.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 7, 2006
Leone's pulpy, trend-setting parody -- a rip-off of Kurosawa's Yojimbo -- hog-tied the Western and dragged it into the modern age, branding it with baroquely big close-ups and Ennio Morricone's famously eclectic score.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 22, 2006
From Clint Eastwood's iconic performance to Ennio Morricone's unforgettable (and much-parodied) musical score, A Fistful of Dollars (****) took the western down trails it had never explored.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
January 26, 2006
Though far less operatic and satisfying than Leone's later work, his first spaghetti Western with Eastwood still looks stylish, if a little rough at the edges.
May 9, 2005
Egregiously synthetic but engrossingly morbid, violent film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 23, 2005
A wonderful cinematic experience.
August 9, 2004
The one that started it all. A classic Western!
| Original Score: 4/5
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