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Once Upon a Time in America Reviews

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Cole Smithey
June 4, 2006
Pure cinematic bliss.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Time Out
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.
Emanuel Levy
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
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
Haunting, thematically complex.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
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
Christopher Null
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

TV Guide
July 30, 2003
Visually stunning, rich in detail, and filled with outstanding performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Diana Saenger
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
July 27, 2003
A cinematic masterpiece.
Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal
July 16, 2003
Great scene follows great scene with inventive direction for almost four hours.
Full Review| Original Score: A
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Douglas Pratt
Hollywood Reporter
July 16, 2003
As one would expect from Leone, the film is a brilliant stylistic accomplishment.
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
June 12, 2003
The perfect swan song for Leone.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
A lazily haullucinatory epic that means to encapsulate approximately 50 years of American social history into a single film.
Derek Smith
Apollo Guide
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.
| Original Score: 91/100
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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.
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John Hartl
January 1, 2000
Seeing what Leone always intended is like getting your dirty glasses washed.
Erik Childress
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
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
January 1, 2000
Masterfully edited.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ted Prigge
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 4/4
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January 19, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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