Although the film’s heart is in the right place, there are times when it misses the mark as a fully fleshed-out biography.
With the exception of a few slow spots, this "Braveheart" quasi-sequel flows briskly and is one of the better “Netflix originals” the service has provided.
Mixes factual elements with a few “Hollywood touches” to provide a compelling thriller.
An offbeat and strangely engaging motion picture, "Once Upon a Time, Cinema" is worth a look for those with an interest in the history of Iranian cinema.
Compensates for narrative hiccups by offering an effective performance by Ben Kingsley and a story that goes to places many similar films would avoid.
Although probably a little too long, the film succeeds in being both emotionally forceful and dramatically satisfying.
For the filmmakers, one tone-deaf mistake at the end doesn’t undo this compelling behind-the-scenes peek at how buffoons get elected and men of substance become political roadkill.
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