Florin Stan’s review published on Letterboxd:
When I was a ten-year-old brat I watched this movie on tv. The next day I found out from some of my classmates that they also watched it. We loved it so much that we copied the dueling competition from the movie. We would spend our breaks pretending to be gunfighters, holding duels, standing in front of each other and drawing our pens from our pockets. Whoever draw the pen faster would win. We each had our name inspired from the movie, like The Ace, The Boss, The Kid, Scars... well not Scars, no one wanted to be Scars! He was ugly and he stank! I was The Priest. I was pretty fast.
It has everything: wild gun spinning, lots of shooting, long back and forth stares, duels, rope shooting, saloon fights, saloon doors and crazy kills. One guy gets shot in the eye, flips in the air and lands on his face. Another one is shot in the head and we can see through the hole. The cast is incredible: Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Russell Crowe, Leonardo DiCaprio, Keith David, Lance Henriksen. Did I mention Sharon Stone? She's smoking! The style of film-making is through the roof, with crash zooms, dolly zooms, extreme close-ups, dutch angles, low angles and everything in between. Sam Raimi went haywire on this western, like he did on The Evil Dead films. It even has the obligatory flashback gradually revealed by the end, from which we learn the motives behind the main character.
Here's one of my favorite moments. The saloon owner is writing down people who enter the dueling competition. He asks "Anybody else?" and Sargeant Clay Cantrell played by Keith David answers "Sgt Cantrell". The saloon owner asks "How do you spell that?". The sargeant pauses, takes his time and lights his tobacco pipe, then replies: "Correctly!"
Now how can I not love it? Five gunshots out of five. Bam! Bam! Bam! Bam! and BAM!!! *blows smoke from top of the barrel, spins gun about eight or nine times and places gun in holster*