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Once Upon a Time in America Reviews

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
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
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.
September 12, 2008
A disappointment of considerable proportions.
Top Critic
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.
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
July 16, 2003
As one would expect from Leone, the film is a brilliant stylistic accomplishment.
May 20, 2003
A lazily haullucinatory epic that means to encapsulate approximately 50 years of American social history into a single film.
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.