The Great Ziegfeld Reviews

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July 27, 2020
Eventually, the musical numbers intrude so regularly that the plot begins to stall for lengthy spans of time.
July 19, 2020
It's not the most sophisticated application of the studio's lavish resources, and it's buried in a singularly dull and slow-moving narrative
January 24, 2020
A delighted first-night audience found that not one outburst of adjectival praise had belied the true virtues of a mammoth production which may be labeled, without qualification, the finest achievement of its kind yet to come out of Hollywood.
January 24, 2020
The fact that "The Great Ziegfeld runs a solid three hours is forgotten by the audience, so enthralling is the picture's course.
January 24, 2020
The Great Ziegfeld exacts not the slightest weariness in the running. On'the contrary, it is matter for astonishment that Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer have managed to maintain such a high degree of interest throughout this episodic story.
September 20, 2019
An enormous monument to bad taste.
February 15, 2019
Like a man sitting hour after hour on top of a pole, it does excite a kind of wonder; wonder at how it manages to go on.
February 18, 2015
Since it's so fun to look at, you will not be bored for a second, constantly wowed by the enormity of it all.
February 17, 2015
The producers are to be congratulated on every phase of the beautiful production except their lack of courage cutting the film.
January 13, 2014
A real treat.
June 5, 2013
It's a lavishly epic biopic, full of wonderful performances and breathtaking musical numbers. It definitely deserved its Oscar!
January 19, 2011
Drags in places and deosn't even try for a true-to-life portrait of the great theatre entrepeneur but it's shiny and big spectacle with impressive choreography.
February 17, 2009
Pretentious, packed with hokum and as richly sentimental as an Irving Berlin lyric, it is, as such, top-notch entertainment.
March 11, 2008
This Oscar winner for Best Picture is only great in its tediousness, length and its budget.
January 28, 2008
Considering the recent screen standards in book musicals with five numbers for 100 to 110 minutes of running time this Metro Santaclausing of numbers becomes virtually a double-feature filmusical.
August 18, 2007
As directed by Leonard, this Oscar-winner is weak in every respect, as biopic, as musical (production numbers are mediocre), and as acting vehicle.
December 12, 2006
What can you do with a movie like this? Surrender, I guess.
October 10, 2006
Mildly entertaining when in biopic mode, The Great Ziegfeld fails to realize that its musical numbers are more a distraction than a beauty.
August 9, 2006
Contrary to the most famous nugget of showbiz wisdom, the movie leaves us wanting considerably less than we're given.
February 14, 2005
This is a skilfully-structured, extravagantly mounted look at the career of showman Florenz Ziegfeld (astutely played by William Powell).
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