The Great Beauty

2013

The Great Beauty

Critics Consensus

Dazzlingly ambitious, beautifully filmed, and thoroughly enthralling, The Great Beauty offers virtuoso filmmaking from writer/director Paolo Sorrentino.

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Journalist Jep Gambardella (the dazzling Toni Servillo, Il divo and Gomorrah) has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city's literary and social circles, but when his sixty-fifth birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafés to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. (c) Janus

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  • The Great Beauty is an utterly ravishing portrait of listless luxuriance, a fantasy of decadent wealth and beauty that evokes Fellini's La Dolce Vita by way of Baz Luhrmann.

    Jan 31, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Celebrating Rome in all its decay, this florid comedy by Paolo Sorrentino (Il Divo, This Must Be the Place) opens with a hyperbolically gaudy party honoring a celebrity journalist on his 65th birthday.

    Jan 30, 2014 | Full Review…
  • A riotous film that finds depth, clarity and refreshment in even the shallowest of pools.

    Jan 30, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Throughout the film, Sorrentino delivers gorgeous images, crazy images, startling and sexy and serene images; it's a visual bath of sorts - the great beauty is everywhere, Jep (and we) just have to be open to it.

    Jan 16, 2014 | Rating: A | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • Though there's precious little drama, Sorrentino's skills as an image-maker are indisputable.

    Jan 8, 2014 | Full Review…
  • It's a beauty, all right. It's more a style show than a deep philosophical treatise, but with surfaces this sleek and faces this interesting, I'll take style over substance any day.

    Jan 2, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4

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