The Great Beauty Reviews

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August 6, 2019
All things considered, you'd be hard pressed to find a more stunning, thoughtful, honest and stirring film than The Great Beauty.
June 29, 2019
Sorrentino has finally followed up that overlooked gem (This Must Be the Place) with The Great Beauty.
June 8, 2019
A wander through visceral vignettes of excess with a tender human heart.
March 14, 2019
The Great Beauty is about a bored, jaded man but doesn't leave its audience bored or jaded which is itself an achievement.
March 8, 2019
A self-conscious twenty-first century version of the Fellini classic, La Grande Bellezza is a visual feast, one of the relatively few films that takes full advantage of the extraordinary, almost hallucinatory beauty of Rome.
March 6, 2019
The director certainly makes the most of Rome and its great beauty, making the city as much a protagonist as Jep.
March 2, 2019
Sorrentino may well have made his masterpiece... The Great Beauty is a joyous cerebration of humankind's fleeting mortality.
February 1, 2019
A thesis on opulence and how Rome has sated the aesthete sensibility of its main character.
December 12, 2018
A travel by la città eterna. About the beauty, the desire, the life and, finally, the death. An audiovisual travel that worth doing. [Full review in Spanish]
August 28, 2018
It's just a life, full of strangeness and beauty, abounding with some things and lacking others.
August 8, 2018
Ranges from acidic to surprisingly thought-provoking, disturbing, and nuanced.
May 17, 2018
At first, The Great Beauty plays like an enjoyably exuberant satire of modern Rome. Yet slowly, grandeur starts shining through the decadence.
March 7, 2018
I'd like to say there was a plot, only there isn't: it is simply a baroque and beautiful reflection of a five-decade romance with Rome.
February 17, 2018
Unfortunately, it seems to expect the audience to find it a revelation that all-night partying often conceals an underlying sadness.
December 12, 2017
... a nostalgic journey - fantastic and surreal... [Full review in Spanish]
November 22, 2017
The Great Beauty is an alleged condemnation of the decadence of Rome and its high society, but inasmuch as it approaches coherence at all.
October 25, 2017
Funny and sad, poignant and profound, elegant and elegiac, ambitious and ambiguous, The Great Beauty is one of the most utterly enjoyable movies I've seen in years.
September 5, 2017
Sorrentino's heady, vivid yet wearily melancholic musing on midlife crisis submerges you in sumptuousness until you emerge, blinking, as if from some impossibly glamorous party.
May 12, 2015
A richly symbolic meditation on aging, mortality and precious time wasted.
October 1, 2014
Sometimes too overblown, surreal and obtuse for its own good, director Paolo Sorrentino's film is nonetheless an exquisitely composed portrait of vapidity and decline.
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