David Gifford’s review published on Letterboxd:
Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood was easily one of my most anticipated movies of the year. Quentin is easily one of my favorite directors of all time, and was one of the first directors I loved when getting into the artier side of cinema. His movies were and still are some of the most influential to my taste in cinema. This movie certainly didn't disappoint, and will likely find a high spot in my year end list.
While the movie is a bit slow at times, I think it gives the movie a lot of room to breathe. The pacing brought me into the movie, and made me feel like I was living the times. It's a love letter to the golden age of Hollywood. For better or for worse, the time period is incredibly distinctive. Tarantino ate this stuff up, and I love to see his passion poured out on screen here. You can tell this might be to him one of his most important movies.
Its one that I think has some problems, but its importance and craft cannot be ignored. Its a wonderfully made movie, that I cannot wait to watch again. Its a bit more laid back than some of his other work, but I think it lent to this movie being one of his most entertaining. It felt wholesome in a way, which many of his films I don't necessarily see. It certainly has plenty of what you would expect from the director, but this really does feel almost like an evolution of Tarantino in some respects. I highly recommend it.
Technical Meter: 8
Combined Score: 8