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There appears to be a love / hate relationship with this film based on the comments I've read.
I can honestly say both sides have a valid point. It's a bit tricky to follow the many subplots to this one, but Tarantino loves to make it a challenge. He clearly puts his love of fifties and sixties Hollywood on display. DiCaprio definitely shines in this one and the ending is bananas. That being said, this may not be for everyone, but It's a good movie to break up the binge watching of endless TV series.
Was a little disappointing. Meandering, not as gory as other Tarantino films but it was still interesting nonetheless. The ending was not what I was expecting.
Amazingly acted movie. The movie is supposed to be an alternate reality to real life tragedy in Hollywood is Rick Dalton and Cliff Booth actually existed.
While complaints of its meandering narrative are understandable, I found "Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood" absolutely enthralling! Though there were many highlights & fantastic performances, the "buddy cop"-nature of the relationship between DiCaprio & Pitt was supremely magical. If you're thinking about watching this movie, do yourself a favor & read up on the story juuust a little beforehand.. or hey, go in blind & enjoy the ride! :)
Not terrible but now that I have seen it, I know I could have done without it. Thought Pitt was better than de Caprio. Just so much strong profanity though. No recommendation on whether to watch or not watch. I do know I would much rather watch a BBC or Acorn cop series.
What the ?!@#? Glad I didn't pay money to see this in a theatre. Very messy storyline bumping into the Charles Manson murder spree. Nevertheless, Di Caprio is stunning in his demanding role.
One of the worst movies I have ever seen. After the first 45 minutes or so, I still didn't know where the film was going. I watched the whole thing--2 hours and 40 minutes of it, which was a total waste of time. It was way too long, disjointed, boring--and over all, just gross!
I thought acting by Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio was excellent. However, after almost 2 hours, I was still not sure where the story was going. Fortunately, the story lines did come together quickly after that for a dramatic conclusion. Overall, not a bad movie, but a bit too long; with too much of the movie used to set up the characters and backstory.
Great movie. Very entertaining. It really holds your attention.
I remember KHJ and the real Tom Steele; loved the soundtrack, too.
Pity that the twist ending (the Sharon Tate murder) is not how it went down in real life.
This is Tarantino's best film since Pulp Fiction IMO. Leonardo DiCaprio plays an actor on his way down and he alternately despairs, and despises his dwindling acting options. I can see why Brad Pitt won an Oscar, he was great as the goffer/stuntman of a fading Hollywood actor. With his easy charm the deceptively tough stuntman pulls the story threads together. The fight scene with the dog food can is awesome.
Tarantino's best film since Pulp Fiction. Great acting by both Pitt and Dicaprio (especially Pitt), and Tarantino captures the feel of 1969 very well. (I was there, unfortunately, and he got it right.) There's very little violence compared with Tarantino's other movies, and contrary to what another reviewer said below, the material on the Manson "family" is what drives the whole movie. And the twist ending is absolutely delightful. This should have won Best Picture. (Parasite was great; this is better.)
This was a better film than I expected. The storyline was interesting. I would watch this again.
if you have 2 hours and 40 minutes to waste you could do worse than watching this typical Tarantino movie. Typical means lots of campy violence, no social commentary that matters and lots of "playing with the historical events".
The story is only mildly interesting because of the Manson Cult connection.
Brad Pitt should have been awarded an Academy Award for a few much better performances.
Quentin Tarantino's earlier films were much more original and interesting.
Really captivating movie to watch. Great directing, excellent acting, superb storytelling, creative weaving of the plot and good chemistry among the leading actors. You have to watch this one.
Get ready to immerse yourself in 1969 life. If you weren’t around in those days you won’t appreciate this film as much as us former hippies.
I use the word immerse as Quentin spends long segments just exploring 1969. Some reviewers complained that the film seems slow and disjointed, but that is Quentin putting you in the life of a has-been actor trying to reinvent himself and his best friend, an out if work stuntman with a mysterious past.
Quentin meticulously recreates the 1969 atmosphere with vintage sounding radio and television commercials and program promos.
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Unfortunately Quentin also delves into the Manson Cult, they are effectively creepy but the film gives a Fairy Tale ending. Enough said, feel safe to watch.
I loved the 60s cars and music. I liked the contrasts: Rick's Caddy and Cliff's Karmann Ghia; the Playboy mansion scene and the Charlie Manson family compound; Sharon's playful innocence and Squeaky's simmering violence; Hullabaloo and Helter Skelter.
I enjoyed this film- sure it's meandering but I liked it. His best since " Jackie Brown ".
Overrated. We've noticed that whenever Hollywood makes a movie about itself, it always gets Oscar nominations and wins. We like Brad Pitt, but there are lots of other movies he's been in where his acting has been much better. I don't want to say more because I'd have to spoil the movie for those who haven't seen it. It's an OK movie, but doesn't live up to the hype. We were very disappointed and glad we didn't spend money at the theater for it.
I do not understand how this movie got nominated for an Oscar. The story made not much sense. We turned it off part way through.
A great idea packaged in an unfinished script. You may the remember the scandal when Once was announced; Tarantino's making a movie about Manson and Sharon Tate! It's sure to be a exploitative docudrama -- as if they didn't know he makes unconventional movies. But then, under some pressure, Tarantino began working with Tate's family, and it's my impression he made some changes. The result is a collection of sometimes brilliant scenes, but the story hangs together by a thread. I can only guess that because it was written by a prestigious director like Tarantino, the producers said screw it, let's go ahead. If you've seen and like other Tarantino movies you'll like this one, too. But I'm glad it only one Best Supporting Actor and Production Design at the Academy Awards, because it's not his best work.
ghoulish and pointless - tho I guess you can still make money out of Sharon Tate. One sequence says it all - Brad and hippie girl flirting - while they talk the camera shifts to the starlet's butt not once but twice - for the raincoat crowd I guess. Sheesh.
My wife and I agree that this drivel was one of the worst movies we have ever waded through. It just rambled on and on and on for no reason other than name-dropping.....making stuff up as it went. And what was with that terrible impersonation of Steve McQueen at the Playboy mansion? That was just wrong.
Oscar nominated? Wow, doesn't that show how low the Oscars have sunk over the years.
Loved that red MGTD though. The MG and the hitching hippie girl were the only redeeming bits of the movie.