Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood

critic Reviews

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.
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    Clarisse LoughreyIndependent (UK)
    It's an unharmonious clash between two separate ideas: the director's personal anxieties and the real story of the end of the 1960s.
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    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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    Nigel AndrewsFinancial Times
    It is Tarantino's best, bravest and most confrontationally impudent movie since Pulp Fiction.
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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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    Damond FudgeKCCI (Des Moines IA)
    While still epic in its scale, following multiple storylines at once, it feels much smaller and more personal, making it [Tarantino's] most realistic film, to date.
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    Yasser MedinaCinemaficionados
    It's the most mature, controlled and aesthetically refined film Tarantino has made at this stage of his career. [Full review in Spanish]
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    Brent McKnightThe Last Thing I See
    Individual pieces are fantastic, but as a whole, it never entirely coheres.
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    John BeifussCommercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
    Until the ugly climax (mitigated if not exactly redeemed by a poignant coda), this is Tarantino's most tender and transcendent film, filled with yearning for a minutely specific-yet-fairy tale past, and brimming with swoon-worthy performances...
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