Once Upon a Time In Hollywood
Forgot your password?
Don't have an account? Sign up here
and the Terms and Policies,
and to receive email from Rotten Tomatoes and Fandango.
Already have an account? Log in here
Please enter your email address and we will email you a new password.
We encourage our community to report abusive content and/ or spam. Our team will review flagged items and determine whether or not they meet our community guidelines.
Please choose best explanation for why you are flagging this review.
Thank you for your submission. This post has been submitted for our review.
Sincerely, The Rotten Tomatoes Team
A really slow-boil drama. Based on a true story, the direction and Jeremy Renners performance are both reasons to watch this film
This is a competent movie, that doesn't really distort the issues surrounding the "Dark Alliance" series that Gary Webb wrote for the San Jose Mercury. But it feels too thin. I think the problem is that there's two movies here, or a miniseries, and both stories deserve a more fleshed out experience. The story of how the US funded the Contras in part with drug money is an important tale, and there were some really damning details that were left out of this movie. Then came the character assassination by Webb's fellow journalists, particularly from the Washington Post and the LA Times, who refused to believe that he could possibly be right. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof, we are told, but was the CIA cocaine trafficking really extraordinary? The NY Times published a piece about it in 1993. John Kerry held hearings in 1989. This film's release prompted the Post to write yet another attack piece on Webb, ten years after his suicide. Fortunately, other journalists called them out for it, including the Times.
This isn't hagiography. Gary Webb had personal problems, and this movie doesn't shy from them. He is shown as arrogant and headstrong, never questioning himself.
This should have been a better movie. I watched All The President's Men afterward, to make myself feel better about journalism's potential, and good paranoid thriller movies.
Superb performance by Jeremy Renner in this bio pic. The true story of a man who reported a story that the big papers missed and the CIA wanted hidden. This film has strong performances. Its main weakness is in the script which seems slightly underdeveloped. However, its a powerful true story that needed to be told. I am sorry I came to it so late.
Wow. I never knew about this. True story about how the American gov't brought in $1.2 billion of crack cocaine from South America, to raise money for their Contra army.
Jeremy Renner gives a great performance. Not much after that
Jeremy Renner delivers another solid performance.
didn't care about this movie
Could have been better, but this was a different take on the drug war of the 80s. The opposition he received from other news outlets was unnerving.
great story that brings truth to light in CIA cover-ups, based on a true story
Another great performance from Jeremy Renner, based on real events the story sometimes crumbles upon itself as it gives more spotlight to the main character than the story itself. Lacks something to make it great, so it's just good.