Nick’s review published on Letterboxd:
Tarantino’s unparalleled brillance for smooth, authentic dialogue takes center stage here in his remarkable slice-of-life genre hybrid that plays to the strengths of his previous films while managing to expertly subvert our expectations of what we expect from a Tarantino film.
The craftsmanship of this film is apparent in every shot. The immersion and Tarantino’s fastidiousness in Once Upon a Time is almost like time travel to experience, aided by slick and absorbing cinematography, dazzling set design, and some first-rate direction by a man who is clearly confident in his seemingly endless arsenal of artistic abilities. The film in its entirety is a slow burning fuse, albeit tremendously enjoyable as we’ve come to expect from the director, which makes a hell of a lasting impression with an explosive ending that is bound to be a crowd pleaser.