Once Upon a Time in America

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
Once Upon a Time in America Poster Image

Common Sense says

age 18+

Complex gangster epic has strong violence, sex.

R 1984 251 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 11 reviews

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

A Lot or a Little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 18+

Hope it was only once

There were good actors in it but they got dragged through the mud and filth of sexual abuse, murder, brutality, juvenile crime, theft, anti-semitism, drugs, fornication. Not a good movie for any age.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 14+

Disgusting horrible anti women

This movie honesty made me sick to my stomach degradation of women throughout horrific graphic unnecessary rape of a woman in the back seat of a car drawn out for at least 5 minutes I hated this movie and as far as I'm concerned I wouldn't recommend it to anyone men seem to enjoy watching the rapes of women in movies and these sick directors know this

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex

Movie Details

Our Editors Recommend

  • Goodfellas Poster Image

    Goodfellas

    Violence, swearing, drugs, and more in gangster classic.

    age 18+
  • The Godfather Poster Image

    The Godfather

    The classic tale of a Mafia family, violence and all.

    age 16+
  • Road to Perdition Poster Image

    Road to Perdition

    Oscar-winning father-son drama has cursing, violence.

    age 16+

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate