The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
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In the last and the best installment of his so-called "Dollars" trilogy of Sergio Leone-directed "spaghetti westerns," Clint Eastwood reprised the role of a taciturn, enigmatic loner. Here he searches for a cache of stolen gold against rivals the Bad (Lee Van Cleef), a ruthless bounty hunter, and the Ugly (Eli Wallach), a Mexican bandit. Though dubbed "the Good," Eastwood's character is not much better than his opponents -- he is just smarter and shoots faster. The film's title reveals its ironic attitude toward the canonized heroes of the classical… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Sergio Leone's grandiose 1966 western epic is nothing less than a masterclass in movie storytelling, a dynamic testament to the sheer, invigorating uniqueness of cinema."
‑ Tom Huddlestone, Time Out
"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."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Potent Italian-Western shoot-'em up/war drama."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"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"
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"The third in the Clint Eastwood series of Italo westerns, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is exactly that -- a curious amalgam of the visually striking, the dramatically feeble and the offensively sadistic."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Sergio Leone's epic looks good, almost great, restored to its original running time."
‑ Glenn Abel, Hollywood Reporter
"A unique vision of the American West as place of desolation and ruin on a truly epic scale."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Its parody of genre conventions resonates with scope and power."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"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]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Though ordained from the beginning, the three-way showdown that climaxes the film is tense and thoroughly astonishing."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Of all the great films of the 1960s, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is one of a fistful that can be truly appreciated only on the big screen."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"The defining spaghetti western pits a charismatic Clint Eastwood against partner and nemesis Eli Wallach and perpetual enemy Lee Van Cleef."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"Sergio Leone's dramatic directing style is powerful and well delivered, even by today's standards."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"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."
‑ Kevin McCarthy, BDK Reviews
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