Dave’s review published on Letterboxd:
using techniques gained from working with don siegel and sergio leone, clint manages to suck the american western into the moral black hole films from italy had vanished into around a decade prior. the stranger is a manifestation of the undercurrent of violence, cowardice, power and mystique that binded western towns and kept them afloat. rapes are seen as morally wrong by townsfolk but not enough so to convict a man who can bury the bones of their home's history. an entire social structure is branded as "HELL", painted red and torched by a man with no name. clint's 'bad day at black rock'.