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The Great Gatsby Reviews

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June 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.
March 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.
March 3, 2015
Perhaps it was my lack of expectations that caused me to be pleasantly surprised.
September 30, 2014
'70s adaptation is visually stunning but emotionally distant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 6, 2013
The film is faithful to the letter of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel but entirely misses its spirit.
March 6, 2013
An opulent and accurate portrayal of the period that drags too much to stay interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 6, 2013
In sum this picture is a total failure of every requisite sensibility. A long, slow, sickening bore.
July 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
July 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.
July 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.
June 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 fašade.
January 27, 2006
Too slow, too dull. Redford lacked the danger of Fitzgerald's creation.
| Original Score: 2/5
June 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).
Full Review | Original Score: C-
June 11, 2005
One of Redford's best
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
October 23, 2004
The movie is 'faithful' to the novel with a vengeance -- to what happens in the novel, that is, and not to the feel, mood, and spirit of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 22, 2004
Though lush in nearly every way, under the reproachful eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg, The Great Gatsby becomes ineffectual and rudderless.
Full Review | Original Score: 70/100
February 5, 2004
Law & Order's Sam Waterston is superb in support
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
January 9, 2004
Call it a convincing argument for separation of book and film.
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