Reviews

Jul 10, 2019
It's all very glittering, but where's the gold, the true gold?
Feb 10, 2019
To a short, sleek novel like Gatsby, where the slight action moves forward like a capricious swimmer, nothing could be more destructive than the slow pace and top-heavy lavishness and overexplicitness.
Mar 2, 2018
The folly of the film, lies, I think, in the damage done to the character of the narrator.
Jun 21, 2016
Clayton is so obsessed with respecting the story that he turns it into a museum piece; you see the actors going through the paces of dramatizing a classic, rather than finding the heartbeat underneath.
Mar 11, 2015
It is not a great film: but in capturing so much as a glimmer from the iridescence of the original, it becomes well worth seeing.
Mar 3, 2015
Perhaps it was my lack of expectations that caused me to be pleasantly surprised.
Sep 30, 2014
'70s adaptation is visually stunning but emotionally distant.
May 9, 2013
[VIDEO ESSAY] Widely trashed by a cabal of critics who didn't know a good film when they saw it, Jack Clayton's 1974 rendition of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel beautifully captures its romantic essence and caustic social indictments.
Mar 6, 2013
The film is faithful to the letter of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel but entirely misses its spirit.
Mar 6, 2013
It all gets rather tedious watching other people enjoy themselves, although a colourful recreation of the period that stays faithful to the novel makes the film easier to bear.
Mar 6, 2013
In sum this picture is a total failure of every requisite sensibility. A long, slow, sickening bore.
Jul 26, 2007
The color is rich, the photography superb, and the atmospherics of the roaring twenties are realistically and stunningly in evidence in this film version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece novel, but that's it.
Jul 26, 2007
The Francis Coppola script and Jack Clayton's direction paint a savagely genteel portrait of an upper class generation that deserved in spades what it got circa 1929 and after.
Jul 26, 2007
Director Jack Clayton seems overawed by the opulence of the production as well as by the mythic presence of Fitzgerald -- and the result is a film of shimmering surface brilliance and almost complete lack of focus or substance.
Jun 24, 2006
A literary adaptation that continually begs detrimental comparison with the novel, this relies too much on appearance, making little attempt to explore behind the beguiling '20s façade.
Jan 27, 2006
Too slow, too dull. Redford lacked the danger of Fitzgerald's creation.
Oct 9, 2005
Jun 19, 2005
Despite oppulent production values, Jack Clayton's second Hollywood version of Fitzgerald's great novel is a misfire, a dull feature that suffers from lack of chemistry between Robert Redford and Mia Farrow (who's miscast).
Jun 11, 2005
One of Redford's best
May 9, 2005
The movie can't see this through all its giant closeups of pretty knees and dancing feet. It's frivolous without being much fun.