The Great Gatsby Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
April 28, 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.
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
June 27, 2014
...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.
Damien Straker
Impulse Gamer
January 19, 2014
As a filmmaker, Baz has fine technical knowledge but he never knows when to call cut.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Wesley Morris
Grantland
January 3, 2014
For all the antic, manic itchiness of his Gatsby, for all the jazz hands, the movie doesn't reach out and grab you.
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
December 1, 2013
Leonardo DiCaprio is wrong as Jay Gatsby but right when, momentarily embarrassed for once, he stammers that 'this is a terrible mistake.'
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
November 1, 2013
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.
Mara Reinstein
Us Weekly
September 22, 2013
Just because a film looks like it was dipped in 18-karat gold doesn't mean it's rich in quality
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
August 29, 2013
Many audiences will write [this] off as style over substance, but I think [director] Luhrmann supplies style along with great substance.
Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered
August 29, 2013
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
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
August 28, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
August 26, 2013
Alternately intriguing and infuriating: it's very like the sort of movie exuberantly excessive Gatsby himself might have made.
Chris Barsanti
PopMatters
August 24, 2013
This is kitsch at such a deep level it doesn't even seem to be aware that it's kitsch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Eric D. Snider
TwitchFilm
July 12, 2013
Almost 100 percent faithful to the novel in terms of plot, and almost zero percent faithful in terms of theme, character, and impact.
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
July 11, 2013
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.
John Hanlon
John Hanlon Reviews
June 30, 2013
An ambitious, multi-colored triumph, this film will be hard to forget.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
June 30, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 23, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
June 23, 2013
...as disastrous and pointless an adaptation as one can easily recall...
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
June 18, 2013
A stunning recreation of 1920's New York that sticks as close to its source material as it can while delivering an engaging adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jason Best
Movie Talk
June 16, 2013
If Fitzgerald's Jazz Age classic is the Great American Novel, then this frantically jazzed-up 3D film is the pop-up-book version.
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