The Great Gatsby (2013)



Critic Consensus: While certainly ambitious -- and every bit as visually dazzling as one might expect -- Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby emphasizes visual splendor at the expense of its source material's vibrant heart.

Movie Info

"The Great Gatsby" follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz, bootleg kings, and sky-rocketing stocks. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy (Carey Mulligan), and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan … More

Rating: PG-13 (for some violent images, sexual content, smoking, partying and brief language)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 27, 2013
Box Office: $144.8M
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Critic Reviews for The Great Gatsby

All Critics (258) | Top Critics (51)

For all the antic, manic itchiness of his Gatsby, for all the jazz hands, the movie doesn't reach out and grab you.

Full Review… | January 3, 2014
Top Critic

Luhrmann is quite content to stay on the surface, to rub elbows with tuxedoed gents and bewitching flappers.

Full Review… | July 15, 2015

Based on a book that's not particularly well-suited to movies, the film is a chintzy, 3-D muddle in which Leonardo DiCaprio happens to be amazing.

Full Review… | April 28, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

...of such bacchanalian proportions that it requires an act of will to sit there passively as the senses are not merely assaulted but pummeled into submission. It's akin to watching a play staged on a carousel.

Full Review… | June 27, 2014
Windy City Times

As a filmmaker, Baz has fine technical knowledge but he never knows when to call cut.

Full Review… | January 19, 2014
Impulse Gamer

Leonardo DiCaprio is wrong as Jay Gatsby but right when, momentarily embarrassed for once, he stammers that 'this is a terrible mistake.'

Full Review… | December 1, 2013
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Audience Reviews for The Great Gatsby


A very faithful adaptation that, with all its glamorous costume and production design, overstylized visuals and anachronistic music that only add to it, proves to be a surprisingly riveting experience and lives up to the good novel that inspired it.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


It would be cheeky of me if I wasn't forthright in saying that most of Baz Luhrmann's films have put me off. I understand his technique and I appreciate his craft, but the actual films are often too quick with their cuts, too nauseating with their one-note characters, and too over-the-top, period. Yet all of those attributes work very well for a true adaptation of "The Great Gatsby." Not only does it show the opulence of the time period, and the excess of Gatsby's lifestyle, but the drama of the love story between Gatsby and Daisy. Luhrmann is a wizard at turning visually crazed love stories into grand tragedies, and there's no better story than this literary powerhouse. While the backdrops are impossibly cloying, as they are CGI, the rest of the film, from modern soundtrack to big as life performances, feels as emotionally spectacular and huge as the original text. For what it was trying to do and for what it showed, Luhrmann easily succeeded and adapted this poignant love story.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

There's a lot to like in this version of F .Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel of the jazz age, although this one's a little to "jazzy" for me. Aussie director Baz Luhrmann was an awesome choice to head this project. He captures the spectacle of the novel and its age better than any other I can imagine. It's reminiscent of his earlier works "Romeo + Juliet" and "Moulin Rouge!" The best aspect of the film is the cinematography: the sets, fashion, jewelry, etc. are executed to perfection.

The cast is excellent; DiCaprio owns this role as much as any he's played. Tobey Maguire is great as well; he's as effective as Sam Waterston was in the 1974 version. I've always thought he owned that role. Robert Redford was good in that version. He's not the actor that DiCaprio is, but he certainly looked the part. Carey Mulligan surprised me how well she played Daisy Buchanan, although after seeing her performance in "An Education," I knew she was destined for greatness.

Summing up what I liked and what I didn't is almost as simple as the film's emphasis on style over substance. That emphasis encompasses the whole jazz age, so that the film portrays that should come as no surprise. Everyone and everything as seen through the eyes of Nick, the narrator, is completely superficial. As an indictment of the near-universal values of the era, this film really works. I did not like much of the soundtrack. It was distracting and anachronistic, just a device to relate the jazz age material to the hip hop generation. Luhrmann's Gatsby is certainly visually stunning and undeniably entertaining, but I think the "update" detracts from the real power of the story.

Clintus M.
Clintus Maximus

Super Reviewer

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