Variety - 05/23/1984
"...[The] lensing is excellent..."
Los Angeles Times - 07/10/1999
"...Richly cinematic....[An] exceptional film, both artificial and naturalistic, excessive as well as tightly controlled..."
Film Comment - 05/01/2003
"...This time-slipping Freudian gangster epic is an awe-inspiring achievement..."
Total Film - 08/01/2003
"...ONCE UPON A TIME is a work of technical beauty and sombre emotion..."
Sight and Sound - 09/01/2003
"...Epic in every sense....A triumph of the pure art of cinematic storytelling..."
Entertainment Weekly - 01/21/2011
"Visually, the film is jaw-dropping....De Niro is magical." -- Grade: B+
Empire - 03/01/2011 5 stars out of 5 -- "Sergio Leone's final, glorious masterpiece....ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA is nearly four full hours of pure cinematic joy."
Two boyhood friends grow up to become the kingpins of a prohibition-era criminal empire until their own greed and ambition cause their downfall. Based on Larry Grey's novel, "The Hoods."
Sergio Leone's epic film chronicles the lives and loves of a quintet of Jewish mobsters from New York. Beginning with their boyhood in the 1920's, the film covers the story from the point of view of the aging troupe's clever ringleader, Noodles. He recounts the tale of a life filled with brutality and violence. And clearly he's still got some plans up his sleeve...