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The Great Beauty Reviews

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Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

Exceptional, mature film dazzles, offers haunting insights.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 5/5

May 13, 2014
Ray Pride

"The Great Beauty" is a great romance: a man and a city and a love that cannot be consummated but which will consume you surely. Somewhere, Baz Luhrmann weeps.

Full Review Source: Newcity

April 4, 2014
Matt Glasby

If it sounds a bit ponderous, well, maybe it is, but it's also smart, warm-hearted and sumptuously shot.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

March 27, 2014
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

'The Great Beauty' is certainly striking, but too often what it's striking are poses.

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 3/4

March 10, 2014
Rick Kisonak
Film Threat

It's La Dolce Vita for the 21st century, of course. But, more than that, it's the rare work that not only tips its hat to a masterpiece but sort of shockingly tops it.

Full Review Source: Film Threat

March 5, 2014
Cameron Meier
Orlando Weekly

A mysterious, sensual prism through which to view our own shortcomings and longings.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly | Original Score: 5/5

March 4, 2014
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

I don't know that I've ever seen a film in which the visual glory on the screen was so at odds with the philosophy evident in the screenplay.

Full Review Source: Looking Closer | Original Score: B

February 22, 2014
Jay Stone

The Great Beauty (or, more wonderfully, La Grande Bellezza) is a memory play, a meditation on life, a celebration of the incidentals that make it joyous and more.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

February 21, 2014
Rob Thomas
Madison Movie

Ah, to be wealthy, gorgeous and dead inside in Rome!

Full Review Source: Madison Movie | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 21, 2014
Michael Wade Simpson

For those of us who spend most of our time still dealing with rent and health care, it is a two-hour journey into ideas and emotions we only wish there were time to consider. That's a reason to go to the movies.

Full Review Source:

February 17, 2014
Charles Ealy
Austin American-Statesman

The Great Beauty will become one of those movies that will be discussed over and over again in future college courses.

Full Review Source: Austin American-Statesman | Original Score: A-

February 13, 2014
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

Wild set-pieces and rueful observations are the stock in trade of this Italian film by one of the modern masters of cinema, Paolo Sorrentino.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 13, 2014
Sarah Ward
FILMINK (Australia)

Sorrentino's film may flit between vignettes of extravagance and eccentricity, but more is always toiling underneath.

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

February 7, 2014
Nathalie Atkinson
National Post

With inevitable debt to Fellini, Sorrentino's nods as reverential as they are wry.

Full Review Source: National Post | Original Score: 4/4

February 6, 2014
Jonathan Romney
Film Comment Magazine

I can't remember when a film last gave me such a surge of pure pleasure -- no, outright euphoria -- as The Great Beauty.

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

February 6, 2014
Josh Larsen

"...a sumptuous elegy."

Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm | Original Score: 3/4

January 31, 2014
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times

Cut from similarly sexy and satirical cloth as Federico Fellini's masterworks a half-century ago, Paolo Sorrentino's movie glides like reverie, probing the emptiness that can result from living a full life.

Full Review Source: Tampa Bay Times | Original Score: A-

January 31, 2014
Geoff Pevere
Globe and Mail
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The Great Beauty is an utterly ravishing portrait of listless luxuriance, a fantasy of decadent wealth and beauty that evokes Fellini's La Dolce Vita by way of Baz Luhrmann.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 31, 2014
Rebecca Barry

A spectacular film, as messy, strange and funny as a dream, with hedonistic party scenes to rival The Great Gatsby.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/5

January 31, 2014
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The intelligently observed and staggeringly beautiful Italian foreign-language Oscar nominee is about life, death and the search for the things that give meaning to both.

Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 30, 2014
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