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The Great Ziegfeld Reviews

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Witney Seibold
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.
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Kate Cameron
New York Daily News
February 17, 2015
The producers are to be congratulated on every phase of the beautiful production except their lack of courage cutting the film.
Tony Sloman
Radio Times
January 13, 2014
A real treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central
June 5, 2013
It's a lavishly epic biopic, full of wonderful performances and breathtaking musical numbers. It definitely deserved its Oscar!
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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TIME Magazine
February 17, 2009
Pretentious, packed with hokum and as richly sentimental as an Irving Berlin lyric, it is, as such, top-notch entertainment.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 11, 2008
This Oscar winner for Best Picture is only great in its tediousness, length and its budget.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Abel Green
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.
Emanuel Levy
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C

TV Guide
December 12, 2006
What can you do with a movie like this? Surrender, I guess.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 9, 2006
Contrary to the most famous nugget of showbiz wisdom, the movie leaves us wanting considerably less than we're given.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jamie Gillies
Apollo Guide
August 23, 2004
Unless you were in an air conditioned movie house in Topeka, Kansas in 1936, I can't see why anyone would want to sit through all three hours of this.
Full Review | Original Score: 56/100
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
July 25, 2004
It's huge, overbudget, dazzling, and entertaining, but you'd be hard-pressed to remember more than one or two of the characters or specific events.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
June 3, 2004
Like most biopics, the movie isn't entirely factual, but it does hit key points in a wonderfully entertaining manner.
| Original Score: A
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
February 25, 2004
Overlong, cliched bio-pic, not really worthy of its best picture Oscar.
| Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Null
January 8, 2004
Here's a textbook case of how a film can lose its appeal over the years.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Frank S. Nugent
New York Times
May 20, 2003
If the picture overcrowds its screen, at least we must admit it is an impressive kaleidoscope; and probably nothing short of that could reflect the gaudy career of America's foremost showman.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
December 29, 2002
Overlong, overblown biopic with a pair of flawless stars.
| Original Score: 3/5
Michael Szymanski
June 29, 2002
A bit overwhelming and overblown, it's one thing to say that this movie is great for historical purposes, but it's hard for me to imagine that anyone likes to sit through a three hour tedious musical like this.
| Original Score: 2/4
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