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

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis
December 29, 2011
Westerns were never the same after Sergio Leone.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
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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TIME Magazine
May 23, 2011
Once in a great while a western comes along that breaks new ground and becomes a classic of the genre.
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 14, 2010
Guns galore in intro "spaghetti Western" serving.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
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
Dan Jardine
December 31, 2009
A deliciously ripe spaghetti western
Full Review | Original Score: 81/100
Fernando F. Croce
August 26, 2009
Very much an act of sardonic disrespect toward the genre, yet it's also a legitimate passion play
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Variety Staff
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.
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
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.
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
June 13, 2008
A clever film, shot with sophistication, which ... propelled Eastwood to international stardom.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
October 5, 2006
| Original Score: 5/5

TV Guide
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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
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
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
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
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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.
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 9, 2005
Egregiously synthetic but engrossingly morbid, violent film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Adrian MacKinder
Future Movies UK
April 23, 2005
A wonderful cinematic experience.
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
August 9, 2004
The one that started it all. A classic Western!
| Original Score: 4/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 2, 2004
The first and one of the best of the spaghetti westerns
| Original Score: 5/5
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