Once Upon a Time in America Reviews

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September 10, 2020
...an epic of blinkered nostalgia.
September 6, 2020
The cinematographic style has evolved, but it's still unmistakably reminiscent of his earlier projects.
October 17, 2018
A stratosphere-scraping citadel of cinema, nearly everything about Leone's last film - and greatest masterwork - speaks to the grand illusion of the American Dream.
October 10, 2017
Complex gangster epic has strong violence, sex.
April 11, 2015
Adding 22 minutes only enhances Leone's brilliant saga of guilt and betrayal
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.
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.
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.
April 22, 2014
Just gasp at the scale, at the immaculate period reconstruction and at that incredible opening with its endlessly ringing phone.
April 22, 2014
A striking tale of loyalty, love, friendship and ambition, Once Upon A Time is a work of technical beauty and sombre emotion.
April 22, 2014
Sergio Leone explores the seamiest byways of urban Americana through the story of two gangsters who start their partnership as Brooklyn kids in 1921 and tragically end it in the late '60s.
August 8, 2013
A work of tremendous intellectual depth and emotional range
November 20, 2012
Sergio Leone's languid, lovely and lengthy ode to Lower East Side mobsters (more specifically, mobster films) ...
April 17, 2012
Sad and vast yet compelling throughout, this remain Leone's most towering achievement.
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.
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.
February 2, 2011
While The Godfather delivers certainty and a comforting dramatic resolution, Once Upon A Time In America delivers a profound kind of mystery.
September 8, 2009
In a post The Godfather world, for Leone to even consider taking on an epically scoped New York gangster film took tremendous courage if not foolishness, Coppola had set the bar at an impossible height.
December 27, 2007
Spaghetti western master Sergio Leone turns his eye toward an American gangster epic spanning 50 years with surprisingly positive results.
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