The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Reviews

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August 24, 2020
Boasts what is often considered the greatest showdown ever filmed.
August 4, 2020
The quintessential spaghetti western.
July 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.
April 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.
April 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.
April 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.
November 10, 2017
But "GBU" remains the iconic piece for all time.
June 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.
February 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.
August 27, 2011
A unique vision of the American West as place of desolation and ruin on a truly epic scale.
August 15, 2011
The defining spaghetti western pits a charismatic Clint Eastwood against partner and nemesis Eli Wallach and perpetual enemy Lee Van Cleef.
December 15, 2010
Potent Italian-Western shoot-'em up/war drama.
January 22, 2010
Its parody of genre conventions resonates with scope and power.
January 9, 2010
Sergio Leone's dramatic directing style is powerful and well delivered, even by today's standards.
December 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
June 19, 2009
The sublime film music, now-iconic situations (like the climactic ghost town shootout), and sure visual style add up to a pitch-perfect genre pic that ongoingly influences generations of hip filmmakers. [Blu-ray]
Top Critic
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 3, 2008
Leone created a phenomenal film but also created some of the most memorable shots in film history. The extreme close-ups are still impressive to this day.
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 visuals are eye-popping, the score (by Ennio Morricone) magnificent, the Civil War set-pieces both stunning and haunting. If you're going to end a trilogy, this is the way to do it.
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