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The Great Beauty Reviews

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
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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Celebrating Rome in all its decay, this florid comedy by Paolo Sorrentino (Il Divo, This Must Be the Place) opens with a hyperbolically gaudy party honoring a celebrity journalist on his 65th birthday.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 30, 2014
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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A riotous film that finds depth, clarity and refreshment in even the shallowest of pools.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 30, 2014
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Throughout the film, Sorrentino delivers gorgeous images, crazy images, startling and sexy and serene images; it's a visual bath of sorts - the great beauty is everywhere, Jep (and we) just have to be open to it.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: A

January 16, 2014
Michael Nordine
L.A. Weekly
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Though there's precious little drama, Sorrentino's skills as an image-maker are indisputable.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

January 8, 2014
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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It's a beauty, all right. It's more a style show than a deep philosophical treatise, but with surfaces this sleek and faces this interesting, I'll take style over substance any day.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 2, 2014
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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Go ahead. Soak up the Beauty. It's one of the best films of the year.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: A

December 12, 2013
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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"The Great Beauty" resembles a contemporary "La Dolce Vita," Fellini's surreal 1960 tribute to Rome's splendor, self-indulgence and superficiality.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

December 1, 2013
Peter Keough
Boston Globe
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Paolo Sorrentino's overwrought, Felliniesque opus ...

Full Review Source: Boston Globe

November 29, 2013
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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At times it seems that every frame is a tribute to the Fellini classics of the early 1960s.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

November 28, 2013
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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"The Great Beauty" is drop-dead gorgeous, a film that is luxuriously, seductively, stunningly cinematic.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

November 26, 2013
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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If the antics of the beau monde disgust or exhaust you, stay away from Sorrentino's film; look no further, on the other hand, if you wish to know whether, where, and in what guise the spirit of Fellini remains at work-and, better still, at play.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

November 25, 2013
David Thomson
The New Republic
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This is a Fellini project, if you like, but it is a film full of music, dance, Rome's crème brûlée light and a sensual tenderness, so that it might have been made by Renoir.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

November 25, 2013
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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The melancholy in this film is just as trumped up as the frenzy.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C-

November 22, 2013
John Anderson
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Sorrentino's juxtaposition of contemporary Roman indulgence and the Eternal City's place in history's imagination makes for a bittersweet epic in which a solitary character, Jep, stands in for the director, and us, and experiences an epiphany.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 4/4

November 21, 2013
Andrew O'Hehir
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Never have cynicism and disillusion seemed more intoxicating than in "The Great Beauty," which is such an overwhelming visual and auditory experience that its elements of cautionary moral fable threaten to get lost amid the gorgeousness.

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November 15, 2013
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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There's an exhilarating sadness to it all that amounts to cinematic poetry.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 15, 2013
Richard and Mary Corliss
TIME Magazine
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[Sorrentino] stuffs, nearly engorges, this 2 hour-and-20-minute film with outrageous and gloriously visual anecdotes.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

November 15, 2013
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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A deliriously alive movie, "The Great Beauty" is the story of a man, a city, a country and a cinema, though not necessarily in that order.

Full Review Source: New York Times

November 14, 2013
Ella Taylor
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A fantastic journey around contemporary Rome and a riot of lush imagery juggling past and present, sacred and profane, gorgeous and grotesque.

Full Review Source: NPR

November 14, 2013
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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It's a glorious experience, one that blends both compassionate dismay and wry delight over Italy's own, eternal excess.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 4/5

November 14, 2013
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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Sorrentino's vision is the size of Rome itself, and his confidence is dazzling.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 12, 2013
Jay Weissberg
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Rome in all its splendor and superficiality, artifice and significance, becomes an enormous banquet too rich to digest in one sitting in Paolo Sorrentino's densely packed, often astonishing The Great Beauty.

Full Review Source: Variety

November 11, 2013
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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Sorrentino is so often compared to Fellini that it feels right that he has made the city of 'La Dolce Vita' the focus for this heady, beautiful, entrancing film.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 5/5

September 4, 2013
Jordan Hoffman
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A maximalist's delight.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 7.7

May 30, 2013
Jon Frosch
The Atlantic
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A vivid glimpse, both funny and deeply unsettling, of a Berlusconi-era Italy rotting below its luscious-looking surface.

Full Review Source: The Atlantic

May 28, 2013
Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter
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Referencing without imitating Fellini, Sorrentino offers an amusing update on Italian society at the end of a cycle.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

May 23, 2013
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