• 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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Steve Macfarlane
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 21, 2012
Variety Staff
Variety
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A disappointment of considerable proportions.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 12, 2008
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

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
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

Time Out
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While Leone's vision still has a magnificent sweep, the film finally subsides to an emotional core that is sombre, even elegiac, and which centres on a man who is bent and broken by time, and finally left with nothing but an impotent sadness.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Ralph Novak
People Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: People Magazine

April 22, 2014
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

July 29, 2002
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
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

| Original Score: 4/5

November 12, 2004
Adrian Turner
Radio Times

Just gasp at the scale, at the immaculate period reconstruction and at that incredible opening with its endlessly ringing phone.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 5/5

April 22, 2014
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com

| Original Score: 5/5

July 27, 2002
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Haunting, thematically complex.

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

May 4, 2005
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

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 Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 7/10

September 13, 2011
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

Pure cinematic bliss.

| Original Score: 5/5

June 4, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Hugely complex, achingly sad and splendidly gorgeous.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 4/4

July 22, 2006
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

Spaghetti western master Sergio Leone turns his eye toward an American gangster epic spanning 50 years with surprisingly positive results.

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 3/4

December 27, 2007
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

| Original Score: 4/5

February 17, 2003
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com

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
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
Dan Jardine
Cinemania

A work of tremendous intellectual depth and emotional range

Full Review Source: Cinemania | Original Score: 84/100

August 8, 2013
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