Describing it as a curiosity is probably ascribing too much praise to it. The film, which should be fascinating, is rather cold and remote, with no character that truly lets us into the story. As primitive as it is, at least KILLER'S KISS (the film that's being made throughout this film) is a more engaging film, with things to offer us other than its mere existence.
Scorsese’s first foray into the psychological thriller is so bracing and downright terrifying at times, it’s a shame he's only returned to the genre once in the years since. A vastly underrated performance by De Niro dominates the picture, though all the performances are terrific. And Elmer Bernstein’s adaptation of the Bernard Herrmann score from the original film goes a long way towards making the spine tingle.
Elegies usually aren’t this joyful. But when Quentin Tarantino is at the helm, anything is possible. The effort expended to recreate 1969 Los Angeles is awe-inspiring. The performances are uniformly excellent, especially the two leads (Pitt, in particular, is practically a shoo-in for a Supporting Actor nomination ). The pace may seem languid to some, but the off-beat humor of it all keeps the movie going, building to a most satisfying conclusion.