Spaghetti-Western.net says, "All in all, A Fistful of Dollars deserves its place in cinema history. The combined genius of Leone's comic book art visuals and Morricone's piercingly emotive sounds set a lasting standard that has been rarely matched." Empire Online gives it 5 out of 5 stars and calls it "a deserved classic of the genre it invented". DVD Talk says,
It's the kind of movie that casts a spell regardless of how many times you have seen it, commanding your interest to such a degree that it makes you forget what you know about the narrative and just go along, eager for each new shoot-out and to see who is left standing once all the bodies are counted.Rotten Tomatoes has a critics score of 98%.