Apr 30, 2021
While it may not be the best Western ever made - heck, it's not even the best Western Leone ever made - it's clearly the work of a master filmmaker whose style has never grown stale.
Apr 27, 2021
If you only see one spaghetti Western in your lifetime, this is the one to see.
Mar 24, 2021
The score for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is magnificent. The main theme that plays over the titles is simultaneously of a specific time and also timeless.
Jan 26, 2021
Leone's penchant for contrasting two kinds of shots, close-ups and long shots, finds its corollary in the gray or blue...Leone turns gray soldiers blue in the simplest way possible. Movies were invented for ideas like that.
Aug 24, 2020
Boasts what is often considered the greatest showdown ever filmed.
Jul 23, 2020
As in an opera, the characters are archetypes, not figures we particularly identify with; as in an opera, we waited a long time for the inevitable ghastly conclusion; as in an opera, Leone seeks (and delivers) a kind of ecstatic dread.
Apr 6, 2020
The final scene in the Sad Hill Cemetery is a riveting spectacle, made so by some brilliantly tight editing and underscored by the genius of Ennio Morricone's genre-defining composition.
Apr 5, 2020
When Ennio Morricone's score kicks in and Leone's editing picks up, our everyday problems fade away like a cowboy riding off into the sunset.
Apr 4, 2020
If you've never gotten into spaghetti Westerns, there's no time like the present to give it a go with one of the best.
Jun 16, 2016
There are two kinds of people, my friend. Those who love Sergio Leone's The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) and those who resist the machismo and gallows humor of what is arguably the definitive spaghetti western.
Feb 10, 2013
Leone's liberal use of widescreen shots in conjunction with extreme close-ups gives the movie an epic quality that is matched in scope by a skeletal narrative structure that breathes with a poker-faced mood, tone, and personality.
Aug 27, 2011
A unique vision of the American West as place of desolation and ruin on a truly epic scale.
Aug 15, 2011
The defining spaghetti western pits a charismatic Clint Eastwood against partner and nemesis Eli Wallach and perpetual enemy Lee Van Cleef.
Jan 22, 2010
Its parody of genre conventions resonates with scope and power.
Jan 9, 2010
Sergio Leone's dramatic directing style is powerful and well delivered, even by today's standards.
Dec 31, 2009
The fellas in Leone's films are seething cesspools of hatred and frustration whose only satisfaction-however fleeting-is found in pursuit and acquisition of money