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Universal acclaim- based on 268 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: 55 out of 58
  2. Negative: 1 out of 58
  1. Mar 7, 2011
    10
    Probably the most all-round film there is, never mind in just the Westerns! Everything fits in with the larger scheme, especially the civil war backdrop to the journey of Blondie and Tuco, which splits their own selfish journey from America's personal revolution. Alongside Leone's other work this takes the finest parts from each, but this was a role Eastwood was born to perform as our ever-so-cool anti-hero who we would all want to be.
    The infamous 'Dance of Death' is a perfect way to close the open-ended trilogy, as are some ideas carried over into both 'Once Upon A Time(s)...', but the double-crossing, almost twisted-romance between Tuco and Blondie is the central beat of the film, with van Cleef showing us what Blondie could have been on the other side of the law. Pretty much the complete film, if you ask me.
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  2. Jul 18, 2014
    10
    The best western to see is "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly." It shows influences to the Civil War in the Western genre with excellent performances by Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Walchi. It consists of the Western action with thrills and humors through these three actors. 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. May 5, 2011
    10
    In my opinion the ratings for this film are just right. The film is one of the best, if no the best, performance that he has done. It is one of few films in a franchise to not only match previous films but also out rank them and become greater then the previous. The film shows the good, the bad and the ugly on their quests to earn money in the world of the wild west. If you enjoy gripping action scenes the build tension and suspense mixed with bits of humour this is a film that must be watched. 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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