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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)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. 100
    Though ordained from the beginning, the three-way showdown that climaxes the film is tense and thoroughly astonishing.
  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. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    100
    Gorgeously stoic art film.
  4. 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.
  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: 66 out of 69
  2. Negative: 1 out of 69
  1. Mar 26, 2015
    10
    They was the good, they was the bad, and they was the ugly. This is the best movie of 1966 by far, I mean the score in this movie wasThey was the good, they was the bad, and they was the ugly. This is the best movie of 1966 by far, I mean the score in this movie was Brilliant and the actor who played the ugly is funny as hell. Expand
  2. Aug 13, 2014
    10
    Not just a great western, a great movie, a masterpiece. Sergio Leone at his best, all the actors at their best. Not a typical westernNot just a great western, a great movie, a masterpiece. Sergio Leone at his best, all the actors at their best. Not a typical western screenplay, but it's still brilliant and memorable. Brilliantly executed, like Casablanca, one of the movies closest to perfection. 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 aHonestly 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. Riren
    Mar 4, 2007
    10
    Boasting one of the great scores of all time and the very soul of all Westerns, this movie is a true masterpiece. It's uncompromising, Boasting one of the great scores of all time and the very soul of all Westerns, this movie is a true masterpiece. It's uncompromising, and quite happy to point out to you that it's not sorry for anything it does. All three of its main characters are engaging, just twisted enough to make you wonder just which one is "The Good," and keep you going. Expand
  5. Feb 2, 2012
    10
    They do not make westerns like they used to. This is the quintessential spaghetti western. I love Clint Eastwood, as the man with no name.They do not make westerns like they used to. This is the quintessential spaghetti western. I love Clint Eastwood, as the man with no name. This film should be on everybody's must see list. Expand
  6. TomA.
    Jun 9, 2008
    10
    Serio Leone's directing + Ennio Morricone's Music + Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach in a climatic 3-way showdown = Win.
  7. CeliaC.
    Aug 3, 2008
    0
    A dead, dry, boring, dull, cheesy terrible movie.

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