The Good, the Bad, the Weird (Joheun-nom, Nabbeun-nom, Isanghan-nom) Reviews

November 18, 2011
August 6, 2010
Imagine the sparseness of classic oaters matched with the energy of martial arts movies and you've got what Kim Jee-won has wrought.
May 7, 2010
With a nod and a wink to Sergio Leone, South Korean filmmaker Kim Jee-woon delivers a slam-bang western set in Manchuria after the Japanese invasion in 1931.
May 7, 2010
Kimchi Westerns, anyone?
May 6, 2010
If you're going to attempt an ambitious action epic, you'd better have the directorial chops to pull it off. Kim clearly doesn't.
May 6, 2010
A giddy mashup of Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns and Lucas and Spielberg's Indiana Jones romps, this guns-a-blazing wide-screen Korean hit offers a nuttily staged, beautifully filmed, but kind of brainless homage to old-school Hollywood.
April 29, 2010
As vigorously staged as it all is -- sometimes confusingly, occasionally with camera-torqueing flair and impressive stuntwork -- the urge to thrill grows wearisome.
April 29, 2010
Goes for shallow pop instead of narrative depth. It's a lot of fun before it wears you out, and it wears you out sooner than it should.
April 23, 2010
[Director Kim Jee-woon] hits a new low with The Good, the Bad, the Weird, a hyper-violent action movie that takes the form of an Asian western.
April 23, 2010
The Good, the Bad, the Weird may owe a lot to other films, but it is always fresh and never boring.
April 22, 2010
It's hard to knock any movie that opens with an eye-popping train robbery, followed by a balls-out siege, and then a super-cool heist.
April 21, 2010
A slavish, supercharged riff on Sergio Leone's epic three-the-hard-way spaghetti Western, Kim Ji-woon's all-star spectacle wastes little time in lighting a fire under its unholy trinity's derrieres.
April 20, 2010
Kim's filmmaking is generally cartoonish in a bad sense, as he squanders his set pieces, flashbacks, and other attention-getting with sometimes downright wretched staging.
February 12, 2009
It's technically impressive, and entertaining in a cinematic bubblegum way, but, hardly ever varying its madcap tone, the film lost my attention.
February 10, 2009
Some fancy setpieces here and there, and gunplay just about everywhere, but none of the principals can begin to rival the sacred trio of Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef and the other one.
February 6, 2009
Not for the fainthearted, certainly, but it has an unembarassable elan that helps it avoid the pitfalls of campness and silliness.
February 5, 2009
This is filmmaking as rodeo ride: bruising and ultimately pointless, but thrilling as hell while it lasts.
February 5, 2009
If Sergio Leone could see The Good, the Bad, the Weird, a gleefully deranged Korean homage to his spaghetti westerns, he would probably envy the resources available to director Ji-woon Kim.
October 18, 2008
A jaunty, happy-go-lucky adventure that packs a fistful of dynamite in the spectacular showdown.
October 18, 2008
The movie raises the bar yet again for South Korean tech expertise and ambition, as well as launching the K-oater subgenre.