DAMtheBAM’s review published on Letterboxd:
I’m finding it hard to believe that this patient, quiet, almost lazy film is a Tarantino film. That this character-driven comedy drama with no plot is a Tarantino film. That this warm, humorous film is a Tarantino film. I find it hard to believe that Quentin Tarantino made Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. I came expecting an array of long scenes and overblown violence drenched in pulpy stylisation featuring despicable characters delivering their quick-witted dialogue. And I got something completely different.
Is Once Upon A Time In Hollywood a bad film? Far from it, in fact I’d say it’s a great film. It’s got a few flaws, but it’s definitely great. Did I like it? Well after the whiplash I received after getting my expectations kidnapped, tortured and murdered, I gonna leave that heavy question up to a rewatch. It was so far left of what I was expecting that the viewing left me confused of what I thought of it. I’ve let it sit for a bit and I’ve definitely warmed up to it, but a second watch is absolutely in order.