Once Upon a Time In Hollywood Reviews

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August 14, 2019
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 8, 2019
The plot is a tapestry template that drops in characters like shining beads and watches the story weave slowly around them.
August 5, 2019
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 2, 2019
Don't mistake me: This movie is good. It all depends on how hard you're willing to work to justify its pleasures.
July 30, 2019
It feels like Tarantino is so wrapped up in indulging in his own filmmaking style that he loses sight of what made his best movies work.
July 30, 2019
It's dispiriting to suspect that part of why Tarantino wanted to stage a Manson-adjacent story was because the accoutrements-the period cars and costumes and neon signs, the glowering barefoot hippie girls, the acid-laced cigarettes-were just so cool.
July 29, 2019
Although DiCaprio seems miscast as an aging, washed-up actor (mostly because he never seems to age), Pitt, in a rangy, lived-in performance, is marvelous. As Sharon Tate, Margot Robbie is quite touching as the film's golden emblem of innocence.
July 29, 2019
Tarantino has become a nudnik filmmaker, who grabs a viewer by the lapel and says-and says and says-what's on his mind.
July 29, 2019
The filmmaker may be on a mission to get everything right about 1969, down to the sounds and smells, but he's also inviting us to smoke a little wrongness.
Top Critic
July 26, 2019
Frankly, I find the entire experience baffling, and any attempt to laugh off the Manson murders as sitcom fodder embarrassing.
July 26, 2019
Though Tarantino mixes fiction and historical fact cleverly and confidently, I'm not sure what he wanted to achieve with the mix this time, and I'm not sure if he knew either.
July 26, 2019
For those well-versed in the writer-director's work, it's a credible and intriguing addition to his filmography. Yet at 2 hours and 41 minutes, it also feels too leisurely in connecting its threads.
July 26, 2019
As one might expect from Mr. Tarantino's previous films, his new one is violent as well as tender, plus terrifically funny. Yet this virtuoso piece of storytelling also offers intricate instruction on the pervasiveness of violence in popular culture.
July 26, 2019
Meandering but deliberate, gorgeous and garrulous, it is very much the writer-director doing what he does so well, but in very familiar fashion. Which brings up the possibility that in making a movie about movie making, his real subject here is himself.
July 26, 2019
For a while, Once Upon a Time seems as if it's going to be nothing but a series of extended digressions. But it's shaped like a Western, and gets better, tighter, and more surprising as it moseys along...
July 26, 2019
The maverick director uses this tale of California dreams, both developing and dashed, to pay homage to the Hollywood of yore, play around with fact and fiction and rewrite history the way he sees fit.
Top Critic
July 26, 2019
You might say Tarantino's oeuvre is a box of chocolates: Some of them are more bitter and unpleasant than others, but they're all still chocolate. Once Upon a Time in ... Hollywood might be the tastiest one in the box.
July 26, 2019
"Once Upon a Time" strikes a chord that is distinctly elegiac and unexpectedly emotional, especially coming from him.
July 25, 2019
Tarantino may have set the finish line at 10, but after watching "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," it's impossible to believe he only has one more good movie in him.
July 25, 2019
Tarantino's brand of classical moviemaking is a thrill to behold.
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