REVIEW ROUNDUP: ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD AND TRANSIT

New releases at the Irish Film Institute this week: Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood and Transit.

Read on for a selection of reviews or pop in to make up your own mind!

ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD
“A diverting indulgence, nonetheless. The catastrophe that was The Hateful Eight is forgotten for now.”
4/5 – Irish Times

“Once Upon a Time In Hollywood has all the dazzlingly sumptuous production values, rich storytelling, razor sharp black humour and top-notch performances you would expect from a Tarantino film. It also possesses plenty of heart, thoughtfulness and enough gear shifts to keep you guessing.”
4/5 – RTÉ

“The plot is a tapestry template that drops in characters like shining beads and watches the story weave slowly around them.”
5/5 – The Times

“Tarantino’s all-star fantasia links Hollywood and Manson-era violence into the best and most explosive cinema we’ve seen all year. You can feel Tarantino’s mad love for movies in all their disreputable dazzle and subversive art in every shot.”
4.5/5 – Rolling Stone

“It’s a heady, engrossing, kaleidoscopic, spectacularly detailed nostalgic splatter collage of a film…”
Variety

“It’s entirely outrageous, disorientating, irresponsible, and also brilliant.”
5/5 – Guardian

TRANSIT
“An existential riddle that evades unambiguous solution. It is, nonetheless, worth making the effort.”
5/5 – Irish Times

“A stark, unsettling film, with Kafkaesque overtones.”
4/5 – Irish Independent

“The strangeness of this story will live in your bloodstream like a virus.”
4/5 – Guardian

“…a profound meditation on the dehumanizing condition of statelessness.”
4/4 – Chicago Reader

“A mournful, urgent appraisal of the contemporary European psyche.”
Sight and Sound

“’Transit’ invites viewers to trace their own speculative connections between Seghers’ narrative and the contemporary rise in neo-Nazism and anti-refugee sentiment, all while its surtext remains achingly moving.”
Variety


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