Ryan’s review published on Letterboxd:
Honestly this one is hard to rate on a scale of 1-5. Somewhere deep within Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is a 5 star masterpiece, but it gets burried in about 40 minutes of footage that could easily be cut. Structurally this movie is kind of a mess, there’s no real sense of any plot to tie anything together until about halfway through when we finally get an inciting action. That’s not to say the movie is ever boring, because it’s not, but since Tarantino is such a big name director now he probably has 100% say over the final cut, and he decided to show way more than what was necessary to tell the story.
But when this movie gets good, it gets really fucking good. I don’t even like DiCaprio but he has an amazing performance in here. Not Oscar worthy, nothing he’s ever done has been, but leagues above what he normally puts out.
And since I really have to address it, there’s way too much feet in this movie. I mean, there’s two separate scenes where girls are presenting their dirty feet front and center to the camera and it holds the shot for an uncomfortable long time. In most of his other movies, Tarantino has the fetish stuff worked into the plot in a way that you only notice if you already know he’s got a boner for foot stuff, but this is by far his most blatant.