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Once Upon a Time in America Reviews

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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 12, 2008
A disappointment of considerable proportions.
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
May 20, 2003
A lazily haullucinatory epic that means to encapsulate approximately 50 years of American social history into a single film.
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.
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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.
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
July 29, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
November 12, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
April 22, 2014
Just gasp at the scale, at the immaculate period reconstruction and at that incredible opening with its endlessly ringing phone.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 27, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
May 4, 2005
Haunting, thematically complex.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
June 4, 2006
Pure cinematic bliss.
| Original Score: 5/5
July 22, 2006
Hugely complex, achingly sad and splendidly gorgeous.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
February 17, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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