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The Great Gatsby (2013)

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Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 256
Fresh: 125 | Rotten: 131

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.

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Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 47
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 32

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.

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"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

PG-13,

Drama, Romance

Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce, F. Scott Fitzgerald

Aug 27, 2013

$144.8M

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It's stupefying, it's vulgar, it's demeaning-it's dull and there's nothing like the dullness that is trying to be a sensation.

June 12, 2013 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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There are no two ways about it: The Great Gatsby is misconceived and misjudged, a crude burlesque on what's probably American literature's most precious jewel.

May 15, 2013 Full Review Source: CNN.com
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The central problem with Luhrmann's film is that when it's entertaining it's not Gatsby, and when it's Gatsby it's not entertaining.

May 10, 2013 Full Review Source: The Atlantic
The Atlantic
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The best attempt yet to capture the essence of the novel.

May 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com
Richard Roeper.com
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A failure that should have at least been a magnificent mistake.

May 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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"The Great Gatsby" is a cool movie, in both the positive and negative sense. You may certainly be impressed, but you may not be moved.

May 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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As a filmmaker, Baz has fine technical knowledge but he never knows when to call cut.

January 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Impulse Gamer
Impulse Gamer

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

January 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Grantland
Grantland

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

December 1, 2013 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

What's amazing is the mixture of willpower and uncertainty, mendacity and credulity, gracefulness and self-conscious posing that [DiCaprio] conveys, even before you see him speak.

November 1, 2013 Full Review Source: The Nation
The Nation

Just because a film looks like it was dipped in 18-karat gold doesn't mean it's rich in quality

September 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Us Weekly
Us Weekly

Many audiences will write [this] off as style over substance, but I think [director] Luhrmann supplies style along with great substance.

August 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

The Great Gatsby is a visual treat & one worth the 3D surcharge, but feels like a lopsided endeavor that captures the style & energy, but not exactly the heart & soul

August 29, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Boils down to its essence of pure feeling, in every sense--from literal stimulus and sensation to the emotions, in all their seething, loving, consuming, destructive passions, that drive the characters and their actions.

August 28, 2013 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Alternately intriguing and infuriating: it's very like the sort of movie exuberantly excessive Gatsby himself might have made.

August 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

This is kitsch at such a deep level it doesn't even seem to be aware that it's kitsch.

August 24, 2013 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Almost 100 percent faithful to the novel in terms of plot, and almost zero percent faithful in terms of theme, character, and impact.

July 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Twitch

This take, pimped out in 3D spectacle and one woozy romance, renders the '20s as backdrop and swerves around the book's period-politics. A surreal slice-of-a-1922-summer overbaked into maximalist fantasia. The narrative frame is silly; the pacing is off.

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

An ambitious, multi-colored triumph, this film will be hard to forget.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: John Hanlon Reviews
John Hanlon Reviews

The Great Gatsby is Baz Luhrman's visual tribute album to the novel; and it's only in his filmmaking comfort zones that any of the essence of the text elevates beyond karaoke.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show
2UE That Movie Show

Adapting Gatsby just so you can recreate the party scenes is like remaking Born on the Fourth of July for the war scenes. Luhrmann has a knack for missing the point.

June 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

...as disastrous and pointless an adaptation as one can easily recall...

June 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

A stunning recreation of 1920's New York that sticks as close to its source material as it can while delivering an engaging adaptation.

June 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

If Fitzgerald's Jazz Age classic is the Great American Novel, then this frantically jazzed-up 3D film is the pop-up-book version.

June 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Though it is quite possible that the neutered feel of Luhrmann's Gatsby is entirely due to studio meddling, the finished product isn't enjoyable, either as campy fun or a serious attempt at dismantling the American dream.

June 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

For some reason every time someone mentions Gatsby's name for the first time someone else has to say it questioningly, which to me sounds like a perfect condition for a drinking game

June 13, 2013 Full Review Source: MediaMikes
MediaMikes

Audience Reviews for The Great Gatsby

I went into this prejudiced against it, thinking Baz Luhrmann had raped an American classic, bastardised it with rap and CGI, a greedy grab for fame, money, spurned it w/o ever having seen it.
I was wrong.
No film has captured the raw vitality and expansiveness of the Roaring Twenties as well, the ambition, the decadence, the hope, the hope of ambitious decadence. A visual tour de force.
And at the core of it, Fitzgerald's simple tale of an aspiring country boy who dreams of a slice of the American pie, the dream, with the girl of his dreams beside him.
All of the actors are sumptuous, Mulligan, Maguire, Edgerton (the heavy played with humanity) and Fisher ... but DiCaprio surpasses
March 24, 2014
ApeneckFletcher

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If we talk only style and production, this would have been 5 stars, true to the form of Luhrmann. Perhaps, I'm still enthralled by the Robert Redford version of Gatsby. Compared to that, Luhrmann's Gatsby falls short. If Redford's Gatsby reminds one of jazz, Luhrmann's Gatsby reminds me of Hip Hop/Can-can. The screenplay is unimaginative. Directing is the usual Luhrmann way, which is style-over-substance. It's very long, to boot, which didn't help...
February 16, 2014
itsjustme2004

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Having not read "The Great Gatsby" in it's entirety in school or on my own time, I can't comment on how congruent Baz Luhrmann's telling is to that of F. Scott Fitzgerald's. But on it's own merits, Luhrmann has created something of a glitzy marvel of visual storytelling, that will be right up the alley of viewers who've appreciated the director's past efforts.

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maquire, and Carey Mulligan, "Gatsby" is beautiful and a noteworthy example of art direction (every frame could be fittingly mounted to a wall); it's images sustain it's hefty running time alone. But like his "Australia," Luhrmann's vividly colorful production smothers the emotional pull of his narrative. This is a good story, told well, but rather inconsequential as a character piece. It doesn't help matters that most of the performance (save DiCaprio) range from melodramatic to completely over the top as 1920's caricature.

But once, if possible, we get passed the teeter-tottering acting quality and Luhrmann's numerous anachronisms (which in my opinion added to the movie overall), we can watch and admire "The Great Gatsby" for it's glamorous screen artistry... and even it's flawed albeit solid narrative.

It may not be as good as "Moulin Rouge!" but it's still a sumptuous spectacle and even a terrific validation for 3D technology!
January 22, 2014
YLOWBSTARDreturns

Super Reviewer

A groundbreaking, spectacular and visually hypnotizing feast for the eyes and ears. A gorgeous and eye opening movie in the literal sense. I thoroughly enjoyed it. An unforgettable and tremendously entertaining masterpiece that's more than a forbidden romance of passion but of one man's shattered ego. The visuals are impressive and the music is fantastic. Director, Baz Luhrmann crafts his most impressive and dazzling piece of work yet. A thrilling, charismatic, funny and colorful production. This is one hell of a cool movie. An instant classic. The all-star cast is amazing. Leonardo DiCaprio is absolutely magnificent, he gives a strong, charming and undeniably cool performance. Toby Maguire is sensational, his best performance in years. Childhood friends,Maguire and DiCaprio finally get a chance to shine together in a film and they succeed wonderfully in this film with their brilliant chemistry. Joel Edgerton is excellent. Carey Mulligan is good but is really the weakest performance in the piece.
January 10, 2014
allan913

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    1. Nick Carraway: They were careless people, Tom and Daisy. They smashed up things and people, and then retreated back into their money and their vast carelessness.
    – Submitted by Peter A (31 days ago)
    1. Jordan Baker: Well, I don't care. He gives large parties, and I like large parties - they're so intimate. Small parties, there isn't any privacy.
    – Submitted by Peter A (31 days ago)
    1. Nick Carraway: I believe that on the first night I went to Gatsby's house I was one of the few guests who had actually been invited. People were not invited--they went there.
    – Submitted by Peter A (31 days ago)
    1. Catherine: I'm Catherine. Ain't we havin' a party?
    – Submitted by Joshua N (3 months ago)
    1. Daisy Buchanan: All the bright, precious things fade so fast, and they don't come back.
    – Submitted by Jenna L (6 months ago)
    1. Tom Buchanan: We're all different from you, and there's nothing that you dream up that can ever change that.
    – Submitted by Jose R (6 months ago)
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