The highly anticipated Quentin Tarantino flick Once Upon A Time In Hollywood has earned critical acclaim following its world premiere at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival much to nobody’s surprise.
The film takes place in 1969 Los Angeles and follows TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) as they struggle to adapt to an ever-changing industry, at the same time that Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) is rising to fame and murderous cult leader Charles Manson is at large.
Critics are absolutely brimming with positivity after being the first to view the film, with many saying that it’s Tarantino’s best work since Pulp Fiction.
Gregory Ellwood of The Playlist called it a “love letter to a time gone by.”
The Guardian‘s Peter Bradshaw said the “brilliant” film is “shocking, gripping, dazzlingly shot.”
Indiewire‘s Anne Thompson singled out the performances, saying, “DiCaprio and Pitt are funny and brilliant, as is Margot Robbie as sweet Sharon Tate.”
Jason Grober, the managing editor of That Shelf, tweeted, “#OnceUponATimeInHollywood is a beautiful, brash rumination on the grime and beauty of Hollywood. It is a dirty, sensually realised feat, with many, many shots of dirty, sensualised feet. #QuentinTarantino#Cannes2019.”
Jordan Ruimy, editor-in-chief at World of Reel said that the film is the “closest to Pulp Fiction” Tarantino has come in a while.
Once Upon A Time in Hollywood is the sweetest and most nostalgic film of Quentin Tarantino's career. A love letter to a time gone by and a literal fairy tale. DiCaprio and Pitt are fantastic. Tons of great actors kill it in small roles. #Cannes2019— Gregory Ellwood – Cannes – Playlist ???? (@TheGregoryE) May 21, 2019
Quentin Tarantino’s brilliant exploitation black-comedy Once Upon A Time In Hollywood finds a pulp-fictionally redemptive take on the Manson nightmare: shocking, gripping, dazzlingly shot in the celluloid-primary colours of sky blue and sunset gold. Review later #Cannes2019— Peter Bradshaw (@PeterBradshaw1) May 21, 2019
Tarantino’s gorgeous Once Upon a Time in Hollywood lovingly recreates a showbiz period that is long past, of cowboys, manly men and crazy hippies. DiCaprio and Pitt are funny and brilliant, as is Margot Robbie as sweet Sharon Tate. It’s an elegy. #Cannes19 pic.twitter.com/Ml7GmyUqMM— Anne Thompson (@akstanwyck) May 21, 2019
#OnceUponATimeInHollywood is a beautiful, brash rumination on the grime and beauty of Hollywood. It is a dirty, sensually realized feat, with many, many shots of dirty, sensualized feet.#QuentinTarantino #Cannes2019— Jason Gorber – at #Cannes2019 (@filmfest_ca) May 21, 2019
I laughed. I gasped. I wondered: What would Roman Polanski think? I begrudgingly agreed not to tweet out spoilers. Tarantino delivers an ode to Hollywood's lost innocence, while cheekily suggesting it never had any to begin with. #OnceUponATimeinHollywood #Cannes2019 pic.twitter.com/DBgriD2Ihb— Chris Knight (@ChrisKnightfilm) May 21, 2019
#OnceUponATimeInHollywood is a mesmerizing mix of Jackie Brown- and Inglourious Basterds-Tarantino. QT is at his least flashiest and most emotional, yet at the same time having a ball toying around with Hollywood cinema, locations and history. #vertigocannes #cannes2019— Steven Tuffin (@Waanzinema) May 21, 2019
Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood is so gloriously, wickedly indulgent, compelling and hilarious. The film QT was born to make. The world is a more colourful place in Quentin Tarantino’s twilight zone. Round two, please. #Cannes2019— Joe Utichi (@joeutichi) May 21, 2019
ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD: Tarantino wasn't joking when he said this was the closest to PULP FICTION that he has come. He juggles a mosaic of characters and story-lines in this one, eventually stringing them together for a relentlessly playful and touching finale. #Cannes2019— Jordan Ruimy @ Cannes (@mrRuimy) May 21, 2019
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is set for a August 15, 2019 release.