• R, 2 hr. 24 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Sergio Leone
    In Theaters:
    Jun 1, 1984 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 10, 2003
  • Warner Home Video


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Once Upon a Time in America Reviews

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Haunting, thematically complex.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: A-

May 4, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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There are times when we don't understand exactly what is happening, but never a time when we don't feel confidence in the film's narrative.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

October 23, 2004
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

A obviedade da meia hora final compromete o impacto do filme - que, ainda assim, impressiona por sua escala épica, por suas elegantes transições de tempo e ótimas atuações.

| Original Score: 4/5

March 14, 2004
Christopher Null

I'm as big a fan of misogyny as the next guy, but how did this hateful and often tasteless Godfather ripoff become a classic?

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 18, 2003

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Visually stunning, rich in detail, and filled with outstanding performances.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 4/5

July 30, 2003
Diana Saenger
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

A cinematic masterpiece.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

July 27, 2003
Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal

Great scene follows great scene with inventive direction for almost four hours.

Full Review | Original Score: A

July 16, 2003
Douglas Pratt
Hollywood Reporter
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As one would expect from Leone, the film is a brilliant stylistic accomplishment.

July 16, 2003
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central

The perfect swan song for Leone.

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 4/4

June 12, 2003
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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A lazily haullucinatory epic that means to encapsulate approximately 50 years of American social history into a single film.

Full Review Source: New York Times

May 20, 2003
Derek Smith
Apollo Guide

Sergio Leone shot the film with such style, grace, and patience that it is impossible not to get caught up in the story.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 91/100

January 16, 2003
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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The film slips easily back and forth in time, dancing between the decades, often making the connection from one era to another solely by means of brilliant cuts that work like magic.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

June 18, 2002
Erik Childress

At its restored 229-minute cut, Leone in his directorial swan song proves in its first half-hour how he's the master of cinematic hypnosis.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 5/5

January 1, 2000
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

Masterfully edited.

Full Review Source: Movie Habit | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
Ted Prigge

The film seems to be too ambiguous for its own good. But somehow it holds together, and becomes a masterpiece, and a wonderful little exit piece for the genius Mr. Leone.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
John Hartl
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Seeing what Leone always intended is like getting your dirty glasses washed.

January 1, 2000
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

| Original Score: 4/5

January 19, 2005
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

| Original Score: 4/5

November 12, 2004
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

| Original Score: 5/5

October 21, 2003
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

| Original Score: 4/5

February 17, 2003
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