Once Upon a Time in Venice

2017, Action/Comedy, 1h 34m

39 Reviews 500+ Ratings

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Once Upon a Time in Venice has a little more of a spark than typical late-period Bruce Willis tough guy movies, but it's still a steep, disappointing tumble from his best work. Read critic reviews

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Steve Ford is a private detective in Venice Beach, Calif., who's good with the ladies, bad with the punches and wild about his dog Buddy. When local thugs steal Buddy, Ford turns to Spyder, their devious leader, and forges an unlikely alliance. With help from his best friend, Steve pulls out the big guns to retrieve Spyder's stolen cash and cocaine and save Buddy.

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Audience Reviews for Once Upon a Time in Venice

  • Jul 05, 2017
    I watch this film and just know there was an interesting film somewhere, unfortunately this isn't a Bruce Willis comeback. The film lacks that central performance, Willis has moments but the likable rebel role he was so great with, isn't there anymore. You know there must have been issues with the making of the film when the supporting actor narrates and is the most interesting. I've heard grumblings about Willis on set and much like Cop Out, also written by the same filmmakers here, he caused reshoots and unplanned scenes while filming. There are so many great actors, I can't feel but there is a giant missed opportunity with this film and it's very disappointing to see the results of a chaotic production. The first 15 minutes are quite good but after that it gets lost with a very simplistic plotline. 05-07-2017.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Jun 21, 2017
    A patently unfunny comedy, whose audience-gateway character is the most annoying of the bunch. Moderately uplifted by setting, the fact that Bruce Willis wasn't 100% phoning it in for once, John Goodman once again "going through some stuff", and the always endearing Jason Momoa... Who is apparently Mexican for some reason.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer

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