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Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood

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85% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score85%
  • Thrillingly unrestrained yet solidly crafted, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood tempers Tarantino's provocative impulses with the clarity of a mature filmmaker's vision.
  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Jake WilsonThe Age (Australia)
    There seems little doubt that every detail of the tableau has been selected to give [Tarantino] pleasure, and we are being permitted to witness a private ritual of self-gratification, on more than one level.
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    Kevin MaherTimes (UK)
    The plot is a tapestry template that drops in characters like shining beads and watches the story weave slowly around them.
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    Keith PhippsSlate
    A bittersweet, complex, conversation-starting look back at the film business at the close of a tumultuous decade, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood also works as a strong argument for why it's too soon for Tarantino to pack it in.
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    Josephine LivingstoneThe New Republic
    Don't mistake me: This movie is good. It all depends on how hard you're willing to work to justify its pleasures.
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    Matthew RozsaSalon.com
    It feels like Tarantino is so wrapped up in indulging in his own filmmaking style that he loses sight of what made his best movies work.
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    Dana StevensSlate
    It's dispiriting to suspect that part of why Tarantino wanted to stage a Manson-adjacent story was because the accoutrements-the period cars and costumes and neon signs, the glowering barefoot hippie girls, the acid-laced cigarettes-were just so cool.
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    Paula Fleri-SolerTimes of Malta
    This is probably Tarantino's most personal film yet -- a loving homage to Hollywood itself, home of the art form that he's worshipped since childhood, and that informed his career.
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    Kate RodgerNewshub (NZ)
    For me, this was just joy, pure unbridled joy.
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    Jonita DavisThe Black Cape
    Let Once Upon a Time in Hollywood be a reminder that Hollywood is still a playground for white men and their fantasies. The rest of us can only get in where we fit in or keep on fighting that good fight.
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    Daniela Sagastegui AvilésChilango.com
    Without a doubt one of the best Tarantino films. [Full review in Spanish]
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