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  • 100
    TV Guide

    Sergio Leone's masterpiece. In Once Upon a Time in the West, Leone pulls together all the themes, characterizations, visuals, humor, and musical experiments of the three "Dollars" films and comes up with a true epic western. It is a stunning, operatic film of breadth, detail, and stature that deserves to be considered among the greatest westerns ever made. (Review of Original Release) show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Good fun, especially if you like Leone's way of savoring the last morsel of every scene. (Review of Original Release) show more

  • 50
    Phil Hall Film Threat

    Alas, the big screen also magnifies the problems with Once Upon a Time in the West. Specifically, Leone’s insistence on style trumped the need for substance. The film is basically a B-Western stretched an agonizing 165 minutes. show more

  • 100
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    An additional treat is seeing Hollywood good guy Henry Fonda playing one of the nastiest curs in the West. Once Upon a Time in the West is one of the great films in cinema history. (8/30/2000 Review) show more

  • 100
    Dave Kehr Chicago Reader

    Leone brought back a masterpiece, a film that expands his baroque, cartoonish style into genuine grandeur, weaving dozens of thematic variations and narrative arabesques around a classical western foundation myth.(Review of Original Release) show more

  • 80
    Village Voice

    Akira Kurosawa once said that Toshiro Mifune could give him in three feet of film the emotion any other actor would take 10 to deliver, but in a single flash of Fonda's electric turquoise orbs, Leone (Kurosawa's first and sincerest flatterer-imitator) managed to say as much about John Ford, the devil, and the corruptions of the Way Out Western world as the genre ever would. show more

  • 70
    Variety

    Henry Fonda and Jason Robards relish each screen minute as the heavies, and Charles Bronson plays Clint Eastwood's 'man with no name' role. (Review of Original Release) show more

  • 60
    Vincent Canby The New York Times

    The biggest, longest, most expensive Leone Western to date, and, in many ways, the most absurd... Granting the fact that it is quite bad, Once Upon the Time in the West is almost always interesting, wobbling, as it does, between being an epic lampoon and a serious hommage to the men who created the dreams of Leone's childhood. (Review of Original Release) show more

  • May 13, 2012 Mikusmike
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    one of the top westerns ever maybe top 5

  • January 28, 2012 robhaugh5
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    Have always considered it to be my all time favorite western.

  • November 09, 2011 aprilrc2000
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    Great movie,intense.The actors that were chosen made the movie a hit in my opinion...

  • April 06, 2011 elelec2
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    greatest gun fight scene ever-best sub plot-Jason Robards dubiously had the best role in the film

  • December 26, 2008 LSBACK
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    I saw it for the 1st time when I was about 10 years old. Loved it then....Still love it now!!!!!

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