Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood (2019)

4.5 stars

Tarantino is on (vintage) form here in this unexpectedly restrained work that is also one of the finest pictures of 2019.

Dir. Quentin Tarantino
2019 | USA | Drama/Comedy | 161 mins | 2.39:1 | English
M18 (passed clean) for language throughout, some strong graphic violence, drug use, and sexual references

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino
Plot: A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles.
Awards: Nom. for Palme d’Or (Cannes); Nom. for Variety Piazza Grande Award (Locarno); Won 2 Oscars – Best Supporting Actor & Best Production Design & Nom. for 8 Oscars – Best Picture, Best Director, Best Leading Actor, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography,  Best Costume Design, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing
Distributor: Sony Pictures

Accessibility Index
Subject Matter: Contextual/Slightly Mature
Narrative Style: Complex
Pace: Slightly Slow
Audience Type: Slightly Mainstream


Review #1,763

(Reviewed at Singapore Film Society premiere screening)

Spoilers: No

Review commissioned for CatchPlay: http://bit.ly/2MlfHT9

Grade: A




  1. […] Through the deft narrative structure, Scorsese’s film is quietly engrossing and doesn’t quite feel its length.  It is also quite unlike what the filmmaker has done before—gone is his high-energy visual style and editing, and in comes a more measured approach.  This will be a strong contender for the Oscar for Best Picture, alongside 1917 and Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood.  […]



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