Once Upon a Time In Hollywood

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Thrillingly unrestrained yet solidly crafted, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood tempers Tarantino's provocative impulses with the clarity of a mature filmmaker's vision.

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Quentin Tarantino's ninth feature film is a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), former star of a western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Both are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don't recognize anymore. But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbor...Sharon Tate.

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Critic Reviews for Once Upon a Time In Hollywood

All Critics (527) | Top Critics (61) | Fresh (448) | Rotten (79)

  • A long plod through Tarantino's reflections on Hollywood in 1969 that are summed up pretty well by the shrug emoji.

    January 29, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Still, this imperfect Hollywood fairy tale is largely enjoyable with many memorable elements and is ultimately essential viewing for movie fans.

    January 27, 2020 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • As a technical exercise, Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood is wonderfully realized...it would be fun to be able to explore the world of 1969 Los Angeles that Tarantino has reconstructed. If only there was anything else redeeming in this film.

    January 21, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Tarantino deliciously and elegantly comments on the town's contradictions and double standards, while also taking the time to build up his two lead characters in relatable, convincing ways.

    January 16, 2020 | Full Review…

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  • Watching the movie is like listening to a friend explain a Wikipedia article that he's been obsessed with since he was 15.

    January 10, 2020 | Rating: Catch It On Cable | Full Review…
  • It isn't on the level of [Tarantino's] very best work, but it's still a one-of-a-kind movie; fascinating, funny and tacitly poignant.

    January 6, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Once Upon a Time In Hollywood

  • Feb 01, 2020
    Positives: The acting, directing, screenplay, set design and costume desgin Negatives: Runtime and some dated morals towards females​
    John H Super Reviewer
  • Dec 10, 2019
    This film could have been so much shorter and just as good. Huge chunks, particularly with DiCaprio, ended up being a waste of time in the grand scheme of the film. Margot Robbie was completely underused, but Pitt's character was well written and acted. The final sequence of the film is so great it almost justifies everything leading up to it, but I would not want to watch this film again based on the runtime and fluff alone.
    Sanjay R Super Reviewer
  • Nov 24, 2019
    The care and attention lavished on the texture of the time and place, and the largely affable central performances cannot hide the fact that all the good stuff in this film is second and third-hand, and the whole thing is defaced by infantile racist and misogynist lapses (that seem oblivious and cartoonish rather than calculated and malicious,) which excuses them not at all. It could have been a nice holiday in 1969 and it ends up vandalized by its own director.
    Charles M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 31, 2019
    We inch closer to number 10 for Tarantino which is the swansong for him in cinema. That's if you ask him. If you look at Once Upon a Time in Hollywood you'll be slightly annoyed by the opening statement. This film is Tarantino, pure Tarantino and that's exciting. This is one of the best films of 2019. Strong visual style and historical references, even changes. Tarantino is in his element and he doesn't appear to be losing anything over time. The film lacks his usual cool banter, but we have character actors chewing the screen time. All the actors bring something to the table and you won't be disappointed. Great film and one unique storyline. Keep supporting these filmmakers. 17/08/2019
    Brendan N Super Reviewer

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