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

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January 9, 2020
Eastwood's magnetic presence and Ennio Morricone's unforgettable soundtrack blending flamenco guitar with haunting whistling elevates the film above its pilfered story.
May 23, 2018
Every genre-loving moviegoer should see at least once projected on a theater screen.
May 21, 2018
The climatic bloodbath of A Fistful of Dollars still stings because the film's swaggering braggadocio deliberately fails to prepare us for it.
April 13, 2018
[Clint] Eastwood may not have been technically gifted, but he had plenty of star quality.
April 13, 2018
A Fistful of Dollars has a cult, comic-book intensity. It is the punk rock of westerns.
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.
August 20, 2011
The moment where Sergio Leone, anonymous costume drama hack turned into Sergio Leone, keen stylist and poet of cruelty.
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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.
July 12, 2010
What Leone does with this movie is boil the Western down to its very essence, removing all the extraneous parts.
December 31, 2009
A deliciously ripe spaghetti western
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.
November 10, 2006
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August 29, 2006
Though far from perfected in this film, Leone's style would mature through his next two films.
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.
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