The Great Gatsby Reviews

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Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
May 3, 2014
An interesting, film noir-ish take on the novel. The screenplay takes some liberties with the source material but (Alan) Ladd gives an exceptionally sensitive performance as the lovelorn millionaire. Excellent supporting cast.
Full Review | Original Score: B

TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 8, 2013
A large part of what makes this version work is the glacial central presence of Alan Ladd, who's quite convincing as a man with a mysterious past.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
This scores over Jack Clayton's lavish and longer 1974 version by the casting of Alan Ladd as Gatsby, so much more convincing as a man with a dark and mysterious past than one-dimensional glamour-puss Robert Redford.
David Parkinson
Radio Times
May 8, 2013
Elliott Nugent directs with some atmospheric touches, but can't counter screenwriter Richard Maibaum's verbosity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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TIME Magazine
May 8, 2013
Unfortunately, the movie version misses many of its opportunities.
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
Elliott Nugent's direction skips along the surface of the era depicted. The script doesn't give him much substance to work with.
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
March 25, 2006
Cyril Hume and Richard Maibaum have achieved a dutiful plotting of the novel without the substance of life that made it stick.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5

Film4
May 24, 2003
Not much is made of the 20s Long Island setting and, like the other film versions, it fails to capture the elusive style of the novel.
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