The Quick and the Dead
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Director Sam Raimi brings his trademark comic book-influenced visual panache to this post-modern Western. Sharon Stone stars as Ellen, a mysterious female gunslinger who arrives in the frontier hamlet of Redemption for a contest pitting quick-draw artists against each other. The event is the brainchild of Redemption's evil, corrupt mayor, Herod (Gene Hackman), a criminal who has taken over the town and charges a 50% tax on local businesses. The pot for Herod's deadly game has swollen, attracting numerous colorful gunfighters from around the territory. As each battle thins the ranks of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A deadpan black comedy, Sam Raimi's fast-paced movie looks and sounds like a Leone oater but more so."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Rarely dull, it is not noticeably compelling either, and as the derivative offshoot of a derivative genre, it inevitably runs out of energy well before any of its hotshots runs out of bullets."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Sam Raimi does a lot of interesting things in The Quick and the Dead and Sharon Stone plays a convincing female gunfighter, but the one-horse plot with no subplots to generate additional interest becomes a drag."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Sharon Stone misses the mark on this one."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Awesome western. Raimi's technique heightens the standard gunfight drama."
‑ Fred Topel,
"Mr. Raimi is limited by a sketch mentality, which means his jokes tend to be over long before his films end. But his tastes for visual mischief and crazy, ill-advised homage can still make for sly, sporadic fun."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"As preposterous as the plot was, there was never a line of Hackman dialogue that didn't sound as if he believed it. The same can't be said, alas, for Sharon Stone..."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Raimi's movie borrows heavily from classic spaghetti westerns, but Raimi has a style of his own, and plenty of it."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Stylish Raimi western is violent, unpredictable."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"This film is wonderfully directed by Sam Raimi, who makes every shot pop up. From the gripping opening scene to the weird finale, every scene is full of Raimi's great visual style."
‑ Kevin N. Laforest, Montreal Film Journal
"What Raimi can't find is a center. He hankers for us to giggle at the brutal archetypes he's parodying and to warm to them, too. It won't wash, pardner."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Raimi's choice to give the film a comic book-like aura of mingled camp and grit makes for some fitfully energetic and entertaining moments, but it's not enough to overcome The Quick and the Dead's primary fault."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Raimi's gimmicky but endlessly inventive direction gives it plenty of gas, and the excellent cast takes it the rest of the way."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"See it for yourself - surprising"
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
"Even when the script for The Quick and the Dead runs out of surprises, which is very early, director Sam Raimi keeps the action fast and funny, though he falters when he strains for seriousness."
‑ Stephen Farber, Movieline
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