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Once Upon a Time in the West Reviews

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Sean Axmaker
October 6, 2016
[Sergio] Leone creates a horseback epic of bad guys with a heart of gold and an iron engine that reshapes the landscape as its tracks are laid through the wilderness.
Tony Macklin
June 6, 2016
Is Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) the best western of all time?
Full Review | Original Score: 5.0/5
Michael Mirasol
Movie Mezzanine
August 7, 2014
Once Upon a Time in the West is the mythic Western; an ode to the end of its era.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Glenn Dunks
September 8, 2013
Gunslingers, one-road towns, horse and buggies... Once Upon a Time in the West has them all, and spread across a sprawling near three hour running time that is as punishing on the ol' rickety knees as it is rewarding to the eyes.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 18, 2013
There is something touching and maniacal about the two-and-three-quarter- hour result.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 22, 2012
Leone shows his skills with superb mastery over the medium.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Emanuel Levy
January 30, 2012
Sergio Leone's Western is his undisputed masterpiece, a lush, sensuous, elegiac operatic film made on epic yet intimate scale.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 2, 2011
One of the pinnacles of world cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
May 24, 2011
Heroes, villains, desperados, and the inevitable shoot-outs: You'll find them all in what a lot of fans consider Leone's best film.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
June 9, 2010
A bold film that you won't soon forget.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
August 12, 2009
Sergio Leone loaded up for another Spaghetti Western and shot out his magnum opus with this follow-up to the Dollars trilogy. Charles Bronson stars as an ominous stranger known only as Harmonica -- on the account of that instrument being the only other th
Full Review | Original Score: 89/100
Edward Porter
Times (UK)
July 28, 2009
These days, cartoonish, genre-pastiching movies are everywhere, but Leone's films in this vein are still more enjoyable than most.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
July 28, 2009
The Everest of the 1968 spaghetti western is a violent, poetic elegy.
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
July 28, 2009
Sergio Leone's masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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David Jenkins
Time Out
July 24, 2009
'Once Upon a Time...' now looks like an over-cooked mess of style, metaphor and reference.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

July 24, 2009
Quite simply a masterpiece, Leone's revisionist western is a mythic spectacle of a film and a landmark in cinema history.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
July 24, 2009
Sergio Leone's 1969 masterwork, in which he pulls together most of the themes of his three Dollar films, and also contributes one of the most famous credit sequences in history, will wet your lips all over again.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5

Times (UK)
July 24, 2009
For a lesson in how to resuscitate a dying genre, you could do worse than Once Upon a Time in the West, Sergio Leone's masterpiece from 1968.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Peter Bradshaw
July 24, 2009
Perhaps the clearer and crisper this film appears, and the more its reputation grows, the more unsettling its indulgences and ellipses appear to be. Well ... never mind. It's still a landmark.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Daniel
Sky Movies
July 24, 2009
Leone's film, authentic yet hyper-stylised, complete with the coolest cowboy fashion (gunslingers in long coats has never been bettered), mainstreet shootouts and raw, memorable characters, is a tough, leathery sundried masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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