A great idea packaged in an unfinished script. You may the remember the scandal when Once was announced; Tarantino's making a movie about Manson and Sharon Tate! It's sure to be a exploitative docudrama -- as if they didn't know he makes unconventional movies. But then, under some pressure, Tarantino began working with Tate's family, and it's my impression he made some changes. The result is a collection of sometimes brilliant scenes, but the story hangs together by a thread. I can only guess that because it was written by a prestigious director like Tarantino, the producers said screw it, let's go ahead. If you've seen and like other Tarantino movies you'll like this one, too. But I'm glad it only one Best Supporting Actor and Production Design at the Academy Awards, because it's not his best work.