Chris C’s review published on Letterboxd:
Finally managed to weather the storm and watch Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood. First, I would like to set the record straight that I am a Tarantino fan. I haven't seen all his films but I truly loved Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill (Vol. 1 & Vol. 2), Death Proof and I loved his character Richard Gecko in From Dusk Till Dawn as well as the film. I heard so many mixed reviews in regards to this film with the most popular comments being, "You'll either love it or hate it". Well, I didn't truly hate it, but I am so far from loving it.
To me, this film was a huge mess and an utter disappointment. It felt like Tarantino filmed the scenes and randomly stitched them together. It also felt like Tarantino was paying tribute to 50s or 60s Westerns instead of writing and directing a cohesive film.
What was the plot? I kept waiting for something to happen and then before I knew it, the film was over! Yes, the ending demonstrated and dripped of classic Tarantino and was the most interesting part of the film. The second and last interesting part of the film was when Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) goes to the cinema and she wasn't recognized by the staff. I found that part hilarious. Afterwards, she was admitted and watches herself on the big screen. I actually found that part was pretty cool.
With that being said, the cinematography and film score were amazing and the performances by Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie were nothing short of stellar. I will also give Brandy a huge bone for providing some top-notch canine entertainment. She was one of the most awesome dogs I have seen on film.
Overall for me, this film was a huge let-down, had a non-existent plot, with a generic and bland story that any Director could have helmed. The only thing that kept me watching was the outstanding performances by Leonardo, Brad, and Margot, with an honorable mention going to Brandy the dog.