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Once Upon a Time in America Reviews

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 11, 2015
Adding 22 minutes only enhances Leone's brilliant saga of guilt and betrayal
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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David Fear
Time Out
November 20, 2012
Sergio Leone's languid, lovely and lengthy ode to Lower East Side mobsters (more specifically, mobster films) ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
April 12, 2011
Every gesture is immediate, and every gesture seems eternal.
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Variety Staff
September 12, 2008
A disappointment of considerable proportions.
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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.
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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
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Douglas Pratt
Hollywood Reporter
July 16, 2003
As one would expect from Leone, the film is a brilliant stylistic accomplishment.
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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.
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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.