Once Upon a Time In Hollywood

Critics Consensus

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.



Total Count: 502


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Verified Ratings: 26,073
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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 (502) | Top Critics (56) | Fresh (426) | Rotten (76)

  • 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…
  • 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)
    Top Critic
  • 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

    Top Critic
  • 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…
  • 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.

    Jul 30, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 30, 2019 | Full Review…

    Dana Stevens

    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Once Upon a Time In Hollywood

  • Aug 25, 2019
    I'm not here to explain Once Upon a Time In Hollywood, just to enjoy it.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 19, 2019
    Imagine walking into Quentin Tarantino's office and looking through his movie and TV posters, books, and notepads filled with doodles and ideas. Imagine now that all of those things were thrown into a movie-making blender. That's Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. If you love movies. And appreciate non-traditional Hollywood storytelling than you'll love Tarentino's latest.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Aug 03, 2019
    The more the movie meanders and finds little digressions and oddities the more I like it.The orgy of violence at the very end seems a little out of place, but then again Tarantino had to restrain himself for nearly three hours.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 02, 2019
    Not near his best but still masterfully shot, written and directed. DiCaprio and Pitt are great but I felt Robbie was underused and didn't get much room to shine. Great cameos throughout and the young girl Julia Butters and Margaret Qualley are up and coming stars. The film starts slow but once it ramps up you are glued to the screen. 08-01-2019
    Christopher O Super Reviewer

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