Once Upon a Time in America Reviews

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September 10, 2020
...an epic of blinkered nostalgia.
September 6, 2020
The cinematographic style has evolved, but it's still unmistakably reminiscent of his earlier projects.
October 17, 2018
A stratosphere-scraping citadel of cinema, nearly everything about Leone's last film - and greatest masterwork - speaks to the grand illusion of the American Dream.
January 4, 2018
The movie's four hours long, but no one had the time to write a single real character.
October 10, 2017
Complex gangster epic has strong violence, sex.
May 5, 2017
This would-be epic schlep, dragging almost 50 years of chronology over a sluggish 140 minutes, is far too slight of text and ponderous of presentation to sustain more than nodding-off dramatic interest.
April 11, 2015
Adding 22 minutes only enhances Leone's brilliant saga of guilt and betrayal
January 1, 2015
A tale of haunting introspection, unremitting power and potent symbolism. "America" ruminates on the corrosive effects of greed, violence, objectification and pain, and forces us to face despicable acts of a stand-in for our nation's worst impulses.
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.
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.
April 22, 2014
Just gasp at the scale, at the immaculate period reconstruction and at that incredible opening with its endlessly ringing phone.
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.
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.
August 8, 2013
A work of tremendous intellectual depth and emotional range
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.
November 20, 2012
Sergio Leone's languid, lovely and lengthy ode to Lower East Side mobsters (more specifically, mobster films) ...
April 17, 2012
Sad and vast yet compelling throughout, this remain Leone's most towering achievement.
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.
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.
April 12, 2011
Every gesture is immediate, and every gesture seems eternal.
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