KT’s review published on Letterboxd:
My heart fails to comprehend what I just witnessed. I sit here emotionally shattered as the credits of Once Upon a Time in America roll up and Ennio Morricane's iconic score rings in my ears. The journey Sergio Leone crafted through the early decades of the 20th century was one of the most remarkable ones I've ever seen. Clocking in at just 10 minutes short of 4 hours, OUATIA is a true epic, a great, filled with big and small moments, which show Sergio Leone's pugnaciousness and poetry as an auteur. There was not a single dull moment throughout the entire runtime.
The writing probably makes this one of the finest pieces of cinema ever. Morricane gave us one of his best scores, added so much more to the scenes. I wasn't a big fan of it at first but the way it's significance grew on me as I watched the film was just so damn impressive. De Niro, Woods, McGovern, there's not enough praise for the acts put together by the entire cast. The editing, the sound design, the production design, how can the 1900s look so magnificent. This film is proof why sometimes the simplest cinematography is the most personal. Words can't describe the beauty of this film. The vibe, the emotions this brought out in me, I'll remember this art piece for decades to come in my life. A haunting and engulfing masterpiece of cinema, with enough beauty and craftsmanship proving why it's one of the greatest mob films ever put to the big screen.
P.S. - I can legally simp for young Connelly 🥺🥰