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Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore.... More

The ninth film from the writer-director features a large ensemble cast and multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age.

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Daniel Rutledge

The ninth film from Quentin Tarantino is a love letter to 1969 Los Angeles that serves up cheap thrills on top of deep and meaningful ponderings. It's quite a departure from the iconic filmmaker's intense last three movies, ambling along to its own groove, which may be harder to get on board with. But when you do, it's a particularly pleasurable groove that for some fans will make for Tarantino's most beloved work to date.... More

Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt are both firing on all cylinders as Rick Dalton and Cliff Booth, an aging partnership of actor and stuntman, respectively, whose careers are coming to an end. The roles are instant career highlights for both actors, but neither outshines Once Upon a Time in Hollywood's other remarkable achievements. This is an extraordinarily rich film, full of stunning, packed images that will be paused and marvelled at upon home release as fans explore all the myriad ways it pays homage to show business and the summer of '69. But it's also rich with themes and metaphors that enjoyably bubble around in your head days after you've watched it. Is it Rick or Cliff that better represents Tarantino as he approaches retirement in real life? Do both of them represent the medium of film itself? What's with the emphasis of filth on the bare feet?

For a lot of its runtime, this feels like a hang out movie. Its world is so well realised that it's never boring to hang out in, but on first viewing some of it seems pointless. Hints at an inevitable darkness are dropped along the way, before the film shifts gears and brilliantly moves into a more sinister phase around the two hour mark. But as it all ends with a typically shocking, violent and subversive climax, it shifts back to its chilled out self, somehow taking all the chaos in its stride.

There's an innocent sweetness to this film's sentimentality and nostalgia that only fully reveals itself at the very end, making for a wonderfully endearing aftertaste. It might not be as filled with electrifyingly great dialogue as most of Tarantino's films, but I cannot wait to have it age like a fine wine upon countless repeat viewings.Hide

Los Angeles Times

[A] richly evocative, conceptually jaw-dropping, excessively foot-fetishising, inescapably terrifying and unexpectedly poignant movie.

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TimeOut (New York)

It sits at the mature end of Tarantino's work, bringing his tongue-in-cheek storytelling together with exquisite movie craft and killer lead performances from Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio.

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Variety (USA)

This curious fairy tale may not be the truth, and it may prattle on too long. But when its stars align, and they let loose with their unmistakable shine, Hollywood movies do seem truly special again.

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Hollywood Reporter

Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood is uneven, unwieldy in its structure and not without its flat patches. But it's also a disarming and characteristically subversive love letter to its inspiration.

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The Guardian

It's entirely outrageous, disorientating, irresponsible, and also brilliant.

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Total Film (UK)

All the Tarantino hallmarks are here - the jet-black humour, fine-tuned dialogue, jukebox soundtrack and, yes, bare feet.

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The Telegraph

Tarantino luxuriates in bringing this prelapsarian heyday roaring back to life, and the effect is pure movie-world intoxication, laced with in-jokes and nibble-ably sweet period detail.

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NZ Herald (Dominic Corry)

I was utterly swept up into Tarantino's Hollywood. And it was a glorious place to be.

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Stuff.co.nz (Graeme Tuckett)

For a film-maker who spends so much time lionizing his alpha-male leads and their supposed old-school values, Tarantino sure does take a coward's way out of his own story.

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Newshub

Events fact and fiction play out in 70's Hollywood, soaked in sunlight and laced with a pending doom and as always to the tune of a Tarantino jukebox and delivered by perfectly cast players in their prime reminding us all why they're movie stars.

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Details

  • Comedy, Drama, Festival & Independent
  • 161mins
  • Rating: R16 Graphic violence, drug use, offensive language & sexual material
  • UK, USA

Directed by Quentin Tarantino ('Reservoir Dogs', 'Django Unchained', 'Pulp Fiction')

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino, Luke Perry, Timothy Olyphant, Margaret Qualley, Dakota Fanning, Kurt Russell, Damian Lewis