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The Great Ziegfeld Reviews

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February 14, 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 12, 2006
What can you do with a movie like this? Surrender, I guess.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
February 14, 2005
This is a skilfully-structured, extravagantly mounted look at the career of showman Florenz Ziegfeld (astutely played by William Powell).
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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
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
February 25, 2004
Overlong, cliched bio-pic, not really worthy of its best picture Oscar.
| Original Score: 3/5
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
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.
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