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The Great Gatsby Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
Don Willmott
November 17, 2003
A movie that looks great but means little.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine
March 6, 2013
The film is faithful to the letter of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel but entirely misses its spirit.
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Variety Staff
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.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
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.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
March 27, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
January 27, 2006
Too slow, too dull. Redford lacked the danger of Fitzgerald's creation.
| Original Score: 2/5
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
September 2, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
July 4, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Jason Bailey
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.
Cynthia Fuchs
January 9, 2004
Call it a convincing argument for separation of book and film.
Kurt Dahlke
Apollo Guide
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
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
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.
Emanuel Levy
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-
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
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.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
March 6, 2013
In sum this picture is a total failure of every requisite sensibility. A long, slow, sickening bore.

May 24, 2003
Patchy adaptation of Fitzgerald's classic jazz-age tale of love, loss and excess, which, although it hovers near the edge, never really dives deep enough into the psyche of its complicated characters.

TV Guide
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

Empire Magazine
March 6, 2013
An opulent and accurate portrayal of the period that drags too much to stay interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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