Once Upon a Time in America
This Mafia film is the greatest and last work from Italian director Sergio Leone. Taking place in 1920 to 1960 America the film follows a group Jewish gangsters from childhood into their glory years of the prohibition and as they reunite in their later years.
Andres Gomez Stereotypical Sergio Leone film with endless waitings and sight crossings. One of the performances that made Robert de Niro de actor he is and an interesting way of telling a story and the evolution of America during the years of the alcohol prohibition.
Richard Corliss Leone is less interested in arousing an audience's easier emotions than in presenting, at a dispassionate distance, the horror of two men warily walking toward each other on a tightrope suspended above the snake pit of their , deepest compulsions.
Dave Kehr Every gesture is immediate, and every gesture seems eternal.
Variety Staff A disappointment of considerable proportions.
Douglas Pratt As one would expect from Leone, the film is a brilliant stylistic accomplishment.
Vincent Canby A lazily haullucinatory epic that means to encapsulate approximately 50 years of American social history into a single film.
Kenneth Turan The film slips easily back and forth in time, dancing between the decades, often making the connection from one era to another solely by means of brilliant cuts that work like magic.
John Hartl Seeing what Leone always intended is like getting your dirty glasses washed.