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 (530) | Top Critics (61) | Fresh (451) | Rotten (79)

  • It's an unharmonious clash between two separate ideas: the director's personal anxieties and the real story of the end of the 1960s.

    August 15, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • There seems little doubt that every detail of the tableau has been selected to give [Tarantino] pleasure, and we are being permitted to witness a private ritual of self-gratification, on more than one level.

    August 14, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It is Tarantino's best, bravest and most confrontationally impudent movie since Pulp Fiction.

    August 14, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • The plot is a tapestry template that drops in characters like shining beads and watches the story weave slowly around them.

    August 8, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • A bittersweet, complex, conversation-starting look back at the film business at the close of a tumultuous decade, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood also works as a strong argument for why it's too soon for Tarantino to pack it in.

    August 5, 2019 | Full Review…

    Keith Phipps

    Slate
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  • Don't mistake me: This movie is good. It all depends on how hard you're willing to work to justify its pleasures.

    August 2, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Once Upon a Time In Hollywood

  • Apr 17, 2020
    From writer/director Quentin Tarantino comes the period drama Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood. A "what if" historical fiction like Inglourious Basterds, the film looks at the 1969 Manson Family Murders supposing that an aging action star and his stuntman had been living next door to Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate. Featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Kurt Russell, and Dakota Fanning, the film has an impressive cast; though most of the roles (apart from DiCaprio and Pitt) are little more than extended cameos. And the pacing is incredible slow, fetishizing old Hollywood as Tarantino is want to do. Still, his penchant for witty, engaging dialog is in full effect. While it meanders about too long and its blurring of fantasy and reality feels like a cheat, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood is entertaining and fun (to a point).
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 16, 2020
    "What if Charlie Manson's cult attack on swanky entertainment persons of L.A. were made instead against, umm, more of a down home type guy?" seems to be the essential question of this look at California culture in the late 60's, inundated as it was with incessant media aimed at pleasure and mayhem. In the meantime we lackadaisically are lead to follow a faded actor's attempt to resuscitate his career while in that environment, as well as that of his stuntman best friend. This adventure is interesting while not essential to the story, which nonetheless is (ala typical Tarantino) topped with a violent climax. Worth watching again? You bet. Great realisation? Incredible.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • 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

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