Once Upon a Time in America Reviews

January 4, 2018
The movie's four hours long, but no one had the time to write a single real character.
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.
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.
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.
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?
May 20, 2003
A lazily haullucinatory epic that means to encapsulate approximately 50 years of American social history into a single film.