The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Reviews

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August 11, 2008
All three arrive at the cache at the same time. Who gets it? Director Leone doesn't seem to care very much, and after 161 minutes of mayhem, audiences aren't likely to either.
August 1, 2008
It still looks a treat and a bold and largely successful attempt to recast the traditions of the genre in a new, sometimes critical, almost operatic way.
August 1, 2008
The new length gives a clearer view of the civil war context: a nightmare of panic as the south flees before the Union's advance.
August 1, 2008
Re-released movies are forever claiming to be iconic, but few can hold the title as easily as Sergio Leone's The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
July 22, 2008
The third in the Clint Eastwood series of Italo westerns, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is exactly that -- a curious amalgam of the visually striking, the dramatically feeble and the offensively sadistic.
March 28, 2007
Though ordained from the beginning, the three-way showdown that climaxes the film is tense and thoroughly astonishing.
June 24, 2006
Sergio Leone's grandiose 1966 western epic is nothing less than a masterclass in movie storytelling, a dynamic testament to the sheer, invigorating uniqueness of cinema.
June 8, 2004
Sergio Leone's epic looks good, almost great, restored to its original running time.
September 11, 2003
Of all the great films of the 1960s, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is one of a fistful that can be truly appreciated only on the big screen.
August 22, 2003
This is a great movie, whatever strange estuary of the western river it occupies.
August 7, 2003
An improbable masterpiece -- a bizarre mixture of grandly operatic visuals, grim brutality and sordid violence that keeps wrenching you from one extreme to the other.
August 5, 2003
Art it is, summoned out of the imagination of Leone and painted on the wide screen so vividly that we forget what marginal productions these films were.
August 1, 2003
The uncut new print reclaims the widescreen majesty of Tonino Delli Colli's cinematography, allowing you to see every iconic wart and furrow on every bad guy's face.
June 3, 2003
It's great to see a great director's film as he intended it, with rich color and restored sound.
May 27, 2003
All told, and in giant widescreen, it's only blood-red adolescent fun, but it blooms like Douglas Sirk with a Gatling gun compared to the teenage demographic's current fare.