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Once Upon a Time in America Reviews

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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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
July 22, 2006
Hugely complex, achingly sad and splendidly gorgeous.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 4, 2006
Pure cinematic bliss.
| Original Score: 5/5
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January 26, 2006
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.
June 14, 2005
Sergio Leone's swan song is an undisputed masterpeice, a self-reflexive crime-gangster epic with towering performances from De Niro and Tuesday Weld.
Full Review | Original Score: A
May 4, 2005
Haunting, thematically complex.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 23, 2004
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 | Original Score: 4/4
March 14, 2004
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
September 18, 2003
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?
| Original Score: 2.5/5
July 30, 2003
Visually stunning, rich in detail, and filled with outstanding performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 27, 2003
A cinematic masterpiece.
July 16, 2003
Great scene follows great scene with inventive direction for almost four hours.
Full Review| Original Score: A
July 16, 2003
As one would expect from Leone, the film is a brilliant stylistic accomplishment.
June 12, 2003
The perfect swan song for Leone.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 20, 2003
A lazily haullucinatory epic that means to encapsulate approximately 50 years of American social history into a single film.
January 16, 2003
Sergio Leone shot the film with such style, grace, and patience that it is impossible not to get caught up in the story.
Read More | Original Score: 91/100
June 18, 2002
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.
January 1, 2000
Seeing what Leone always intended is like getting your dirty glasses washed.
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 5/5
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