While it hasn't yet been screened for Irish press, the first US reviews for Quentin Tarantino's 'Once Upon A Time In Hollywood' are beginning to surface and it's looking good.
So far, the movie has a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with some comparing it to 'Jackie Brown' and 'Pulp Fiction' than, say, 'Inglorious Basterds'. RogerEbert.com's Brian Tallerico gave the movie four out of four stars, describing it as "layered and ambitious, the product of a confident filmmaker working with collaborators completely in tune with his vision."
EW's Leah Greenblatt, meanwhile, gave it A- rating. "DiCaprio and Pitt are probably as good as they’ve ever been in anything," the review reads, "one superbly channeling the outsize ego and fragility of an actor in early-midlife spiral, the other a sort of beach-boy Lebowski with a singular gift for sudden violence. Robbie looks great as Tate, but she remains mostly a sweet-tempered cypher, all beatific smiles and swinging blond hair."
Uproxx's review, by Mike Ryan, scored 'Once Upon A Time In Hollywood' at 9 out of 10, and discussed Margot Robbie's role as Sharon Tate. While the review did point out that her screen time is limited, "but her presence is always felt."
"The best way to present Tate as a human being was to keep her out of the plot and just, here and there, show her doing things any other human beings in her position might be doing at any given time. She is the ghost who haunts this movie," the review reads.
BBC.com's review, however, was a little cooler and scored it 3 out of 5. In his review, Nicholas Barber opined that "(if) you can overlook the hoary racial and sexual politics, you can enjoy the tongue-in-cheek gags, the sunny cinematography and the nostalgic period details. But is that really enough, considering what happened to Tate?" While the review argues that it "puts a smile on your face", it does so "without ever upsetting you or challenging you."
'Once Upon A Time In Hollywood' hits Irishc inemas on August 15th, and we'll hopefully have our own review before then.