Once upon a Tom... in Hollywood’s review published on Letterboxd:
Right now, he needed sleep and just felt lucky someone was giving him a ride.
Another sprawling multi-generational epic with incredible talent both in front of and behind the camera... that nobody other than Netflix would or could have made today. Say what you want about the hit-or-miss quality of Netflix originals, but I for one am very happy they're around to fund mid-budget auteur projects like Mudbound, I'm Thinking of Ending Things, Da 5 Bloods and this, Antonio Campos' first foray into Major Motion Picturemaking.
As for the film itself, I wouldn't have minded if it'd been trimmed down under 2 hours by losing some of the long prologue. The movie doesn't really gain steam until almost halfway through the runtime, and I imagine some people with shorter attention spans may already have checked out by then. That said, it does tie everything up quite neatly in the final act. And although the sheer volume of characters and the deplorable acts that they endure does take away from emotional resonance that any of them might have had individually, I did manage to fully engage with Tom Holland's character down the stretch. I'll give this a Mild Recommend - definitely worth your time.