Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, there was much love arriving from Cannes.
But is it any good?
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood follows struggling actor Rick Dalton ( Leonardo DiCaprio ) and his stunt double Cliff Booth ( Brad Pitt ), as they attempt to make a name for themselves in the film industry, but just at the same time as Hollywood is about to be changed forever by the arrival of the sinister cult known as the Manson family.
Sadly, as history shows, this resulted in tragedy for Hollywood star Sharon Tate ( Margot Robbie ), who the boys end up living next door to.
But has Tarantino struck gold again?
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood review round-up
In their positive review, Variety said: In "Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood," Tarantino re-creates the Hollywood of 50 years ago with a fantastically detailed and almost swoony time-machine precision, and it’s not just about the marquees and the billboards featuring end-of-the-studio-system-era corn like “Three in an Attic,” or all the juicy Top 40 chestnuts on the soundtrack. The movie captures how Hollywood, by 1969, was a head-spinningly layered place."
In their glowing "A- " review, Collider surmised: "There are some shocking happenings from a gore standpoint although compared to other Tarantino fare it’s tempered a bit. But it also elicits a reaction no other Tarantino film has to date."
In a glowing five-star review, CineVue wrote: "There’s an unconditional love for the movie and TV business in all its aspects. The backlot, the parties, the making of films: we get chunks of scenes played out, as well as trailers a la Grindhouse . There’s humour: this is perhaps Tarantino’s funniest film, with Pitt bringing a lot of the guffaws. And yes, there’s violence: dark, extreme and frequently (“I shouldn’t be laughing at this”) funny. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is bold, beautiful and brutal. It’s Tarantino’s best film since Kill Bill , perhaps even since Pulp Fiction , and we all know what happened when that came to Cannes."
In another adoring review, Screen Daily said: "Because it replays cinematic styles and revisits the long-gone world of the small screen, there might be a tendency to dismiss Once Opon A Time….in Hollywood ''s pastiche. But this is more than that: it’s love. A quarter of a century to the day since Quentin Tarantino premiered Pulp Fiction at Cannes, this is a new departure for the film-maker. And the warmth is welcome."
In another five-star review, The Guardian concluded: "It’s entirely outrageous, disorientating, irresponsible, and also brilliant."
Rotten Tomatoes score
It's too early for a critical consensus and score on the Tomatometer for the review aggregator website, but we will be sure to update you when it hits!
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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will be released in UK cinemas on August 14, 2019.