Bartolomew’s review published on Letterboxd:
Probably my favorite film of all time.
A sprawling, decade spanning four hour crime epic that you wish would never end.
The fastest four hours i've ever experienced in my life.
Melancholic, and elegiac, this phenomenal film is radically different from any other existing gangster film because it's not just a gangster film, it's an absolutely poignant and profound portrayal of an entire era, the Prohibition era, under the eyes of the jewish hoodlum Noodles and his group of friends.
Sergio Leone, the creator of the Spaghetti Western, crafted an extraordinarily ambitious crime epic.
Emotionally haunting, visually stunning, and stylistically bold, Once Upon A Time In America may very well be the greatest crime epic ever made in cinema history (yes sir, even better than the first two Godfather films and Goodfellas).
A must see for any critic, true cinephile, or film lover.