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The Great Gatsby (1974)



Average Rating: 3.6/10
Critic Reviews: 7
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This third film version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic 1925 novel was one of the most hyped movies of the summer of 1974. Robert Redford stars as self-made millionaire Jay Gatsby, who uses his vast (and implicitly ill-gotten) fortune to buy his way into Long Island society. Most of all, Gatsby wants to win back the love of socialite Daisy Buchanan (Mia Farrow), now married to "old money" Tom Buchanan (Bruce Dern). Calmly observing the passing parade is Nick Carraway (Sam Waterston), Gatsby's


Drama, Romance, Classics

Francis Ford Coppola, F. Scott Fitzgerald

Dec 2, 2003

Paramount Pictures

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The film is faithful to the letter of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel but entirely misses its spirit.

March 6, 2013 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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In sum this picture is a total failure of every requisite sensibility. A long, slow, sickening bore.

March 6, 2013 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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The Francis Coppola script and Jack Clayton's direction paint a savagely genteel portrait of an upper class generation that deserved in spades what it got circa 1929 and after.

July 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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Director Jack Clayton seems overawed by the opulence of the production as well as by the mythic presence of Fitzgerald -- and the result is a film of shimmering surface brilliance and almost complete lack of focus or substance.

July 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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A literary adaptation that continually begs detrimental comparison with the novel, this relies too much on appearance, making little attempt to explore behind the beguiling '20s fašade.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The movie can't see this through all its giant closeups of pretty knees and dancing feet. It's frivolous without being much fun.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comment (1)
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[VIDEO ESSAY] Widely trashed by a cabal of critics who didn't know a good film when they saw it, Jack Clayton's 1974 rendition of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel beautifully captures its romantic essence and caustic social indictments.

May 9, 2013 Full Review Source:

An opulent and accurate portrayal of the period that drags too much to stay interesting.

March 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The color is rich, the photography superb, and the atmospherics of the roaring twenties are realistically and stunningly in evidence in this film version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece novel, but that's it.

July 26, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Too slow, too dull. Redford lacked the danger of Fitzgerald's creation.

January 27, 2006
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Despite oppulent production values, Jack Clayton's second Hollywood version of Fitzgerald's great novel is a misfire, a dull feature that suffers from lack of chemistry between Robert Redford and Mia Farrow (who's miscast).

June 19, 2005 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

One of Redford's best

June 11, 2005

Though lush in nearly every way, under the reproachful eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg, The Great Gatsby becomes ineffectual and rudderless.

August 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Law & Order's Sam Waterston is superb in support

February 5, 2004
Atlantic City Weekly

Call it a convincing argument for separation of book and film.

January 9, 2004 Full Review Source: PopMatters

Robert Redford offers an interesting take on mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby.

December 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing opulent, stylish extravaganza that may be more faithful to the 'look' of Fitzgerald's novel than to its spirit, yet brings a good deal of entertainment along the way.

November 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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A movie that looks great but means little.

November 17, 2003 Full Review Source:

Big, glossy, nicely detailed and it almost works.

July 21, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for The Great Gatsby

Nice adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's work but it's hobbled by very questionable casting. (i.e. Bruce Dern as Tom Buchanan?? Seriously??)
September 30, 2012
Randy Tippy

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I haven't read the book, but the story was only interesting to me towards the end. The rest was pretty boring. There are a lot of good actors in this movie, though, so it's okay.
January 1, 2011

Super Reviewer

Great book crumy movie, they completely missed the plot. Redford was good though, as always.
April 4, 2010

Super Reviewer

    1. Nick Carraway: There was music from my neighbor's house through those summer nights. In his enchanted gardens, men and girls came and went like moths, among the whispering and the champagne and the stars. I believe that few people were actually invited to these parties. They just went. They got into automobiles that bore them out to Long Island, and somehow they ended up at Gatsby's door. Come for the party with a simplicity of heart that was it's own ticket of admission.
    – Submitted by Helen O (11 months ago)
    1. Nick Carraway: They're a rotten bunch. You're worth the whole lot of them put together! [in reference to Jay Gatsby]
    – Submitted by Chris C (23 months ago)
    1. Jay Gatsby: So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
    – Submitted by Ryan F (23 months ago)
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