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Universal acclaim- based on 266 Ratings

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  • Summary: Leone's epic 1967 Western conjures up opera, horse opera, the bullfight arena, and the blackest of black humor via riveting story-telling in the picaresque tradition. (Film Forum)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. 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.
  2. There are two kinds of people, my friend. Those who love Sergio Leone's The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, and those who resist the machismo and gallows humor of what is arguably the definitive spaghetti western.
  3. 100
    Though ordained from the beginning, the three-way showdown that climaxes the film is tense and thoroughly astonishing.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    100
    Gorgeously stoic art film.
  5. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    80
    A massive, many-faceted film that continues to hold up, viewing after viewing.
  6. 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. Matrix, schmatrix: This is the season's supreme party movie.
  7. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    60
    A curious amalgam of the visually striking, the dramatically feeble and the offensively sadistic.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 57
  2. Negative: 1 out of 57
  1. Mar 16, 2011
    10
    One of the best films ever made. No, really, if you haven't checked this out yet, do yourself a favor and give it a watch. The soundtrack is also worth checking out. Expand
  2. Aug 14, 2010
    10
    I've seen this movie 20 times, and remember watching it with my Dad when I was a kid. It does not get old. This is what a Western should be. I'll take Eastwood over Wayne any day. Expand
  3. Aug 25, 2010
    10
    Honestly if you were to ask me what's my personal favorite movie, I'd have to say "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly". While the film does have a few lighthearted or comedic moments it's by enlarge extremely serious and deals with war in an admirably restrained manner. Sergio captures the epicness and chaos of the old west but it doesn't choke itself to death on atmosphere. While I thought Leones own "Once upon a time in America" was his best work this comes in an extremely close second. It really does nothing wrong. One of the few films I could honestly call perfection Expand
  4. Jun 10, 2011
    10
    After watching this movie I would have to say that Clint Eastwood is my favorite actor alive today. The man is the epitome of coolness and has had some of the greatest action and westerns of all time to his name such as the Dollars Trilogy, Dirty Harry and of course Unforgiven. Expand
  5. Jun 20, 2013
    10
    My favorite movie ever. I'm a huge fan of Western's and have have seen mostly all the John Wayne classics, but nothing beats Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo It's the greatest western ever and one of the best films in cinema history. Expand
  6. Jun 12, 2011
    10
    You have to like westerns to love this movie, and it is very good along those lines.... I honestly don't know what could be done to make it any better. Expand
  7. Jul 12, 2013
    5
    It has an ambitious quality that is admirable. Aside from that, it looks like a criminally (no pun intended) overlong episode of Bonanza. And you wonder why critics bashed it the first time around. Expand

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