The Quick and the Dead
The Quick and the Dead (1995)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 10, 1995
DVD Release Date: November 7, 2000
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Critic Score: 57% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Quick and the Dead isn't quite the draw that its intriguing premise and pedigree suggest, but fans of nontraditional Westerns should have some rootin' tootin' fun.

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

The plot of this low-camp revenge thriller is little more than an excuse to line up one badass cowboy (or girl) opposite another and let the eyeball-to-eyeball fireworks fly.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

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.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a pared-down premise that's employed to predominantly entertaining (and sporadically spellbinding) effect by Raimi...

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Derek Adams
Time Out

A deadpan black comedy, Sam Raimi's fast-paced movie looks and sounds like a Leone oater but more so.

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Matt Ford

The whole film has tremendous visual style, and the frequent bursts of violence are delivered with a clever and often hilarious use of special effects.

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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media

Frequent gun violence in quirky '90s Western.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

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.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

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.

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
xGary Xx
A female gun slinger enters a quick draw tournament in her home town of Redemption to revenge herself against the outlaw who murdered her father. One of Sam… More
Jens S.
Really fun Western flick by Sam Raimi. The wild camera angles and imaginatively filmed shootouts make for a really entertaining ride. Of course there are the… More
Phil Hubbs
Remember when Sharon Stone was big? remember that? seems along time ago doesn't it, also seems odd to think it too with her rather bland boring 80's… More
Ken Stachnik
Stone ins't great, but the rest of the supporting cast is (especially Lance Henriksen!). Definitely worth a watch if you're a fan of the genre. Plenty… More
Mike S
Gunslingers galore! A fun and spirited Western, about a duel tournament between an impressive array of charismatic characters. Worth seeing just for the… More
Lady D'arbanville
A sort of modernised Western with an intriguing cast, possibly Gene Hackman stood out the most to me and played his role well. Having a woman in the contest… More

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