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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 (515) | Top Critics (61) | Fresh (439) | for movies and TV (76)

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

    Aug 15, 2019 | Rating: 3/5
  • 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.

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

    Aug 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.

    Aug 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.

    Aug 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.

    Aug 2, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Once Upon a Time In Hollywood

  • 3d ago
    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
  • Aug 25, 2019
    I'm not here to explain Once Upon a Time In Hollywood, just to enjoy it.
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