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Once Upon a Time in America Reviews

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Top Critic
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 11, 2015
Adding 22 minutes only enhances Leone's brilliant saga of guilt and betrayal
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeff Beck
September 29, 2014
While Sergio Leone's "Once Upon a Time in America" is not quite the masterpiece that some make it out to be due to its excess, there are still plenty of things to recommend about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
April 22, 2014
The film, photographed by Tonino Delli Colli, is striking to look at, especially its New York street scenes, which were shot in Manhattan, Montreal and a back lot near Rome. The acting is stunning.
Adrian Turner
Radio Times
April 22, 2014
Just gasp at the scale, at the immaculate period reconstruction and at that incredible opening with its endlessly ringing phone.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

Total Film
April 22, 2014
A striking tale of loyalty, love, friendship and ambition, Once Upon A Time is a work of technical beauty and sombre emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
April 22, 2014
Sergio Leone explores the seamiest byways of urban Americana through the story of two gangsters who start their partnership as Brooklyn kids in 1921 and tragically end it in the late '60s.
Dan Jardine
August 8, 2013
A work of tremendous intellectual depth and emotional range
Full Review | Original Score: 84/100
Steve Macfarlane
Slant Magazine
November 21, 2012
Here was a filmmaker who specialized in pure, blistering images, and this operatic earthiness just doesn't play as well as the horrifying, salacious stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Fear
Time Out
November 20, 2012
Sergio Leone's languid, lovely and lengthy ode to Lower East Side mobsters (more specifically, mobster films) ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

April 17, 2012
Sad and vast yet compelling throughout, this remain Leone's most towering achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 13, 2011
Handsomely mounted beyond a shadow of a doubt, but as the final statement in Leone's career, it mostly makes me think of how fantastic his Westerns were.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
April 12, 2011
Leone is less interested in arousing an audience's easier emotions than in presenting, at a dispassionate distance, the horror of two men warily walking toward each other on a tightrope suspended above the snake pit of their , deepest compulsions.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
April 12, 2011
Every gesture is immediate, and every gesture seems eternal.
Adam Smith
Empire Magazine
February 2, 2011
While The Godfather delivers certainty and a comforting dramatic resolution, Once Upon A Time In America delivers a profound kind of mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jordan Hiller
September 8, 2009
In a post The Godfather world, for Leone to even consider taking on an epically scoped New York gangster film took tremendous courage if not foolishness, Coppola had set the bar at an impossible height.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Variety Staff
September 12, 2008
A disappointment of considerable proportions.
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
December 27, 2007
Spaghetti western master Sergio Leone turns his eye toward an American gangster epic spanning 50 years with surprisingly positive results.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
January 27, 2007
Sergio Leone's cut is wonderful! Avoid the butchered theatrical version unleashed in the U.S.--I actually walked out on that indecipherable mess.
| Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 22, 2006
Hugely complex, achingly sad and splendidly gorgeous.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Cole Smithey
June 4, 2006
Pure cinematic bliss.
| Original Score: 5/5
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