The Great Gatsby Reviews

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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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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.
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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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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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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.
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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.
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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