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The Great Beauty Reviews

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August 28, 2018
It's just a life, full of strangeness and beauty, abounding with some things and lacking others.
August 7, 2018
Ranges from acidic to surprisingly thought-provoking, disturbing, and nuanced.
May 16, 2018
At first, The Great Beauty plays like an enjoyably exuberant satire of modern Rome. Yet slowly, grandeur starts shining through the decadence.
March 6, 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 16, 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 13, 2014
Exceptional, mature film dazzles, offers haunting insights.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 4, 2014
"The Great Beauty" is a great romance: a man and a city and a love that cannot be consummated but which will consume you surely. Somewhere, Baz Luhrmann weeps.
March 27, 2014
If it sounds a bit ponderous, well, maybe it is, but it's also smart, warm-hearted and sumptuously shot.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 10, 2014
'The Great Beauty' is certainly striking, but too often what it's striking are poses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 5, 2014
It's La Dolce Vita for the 21st century, of course. But, more than that, it's the rare work that not only tips its hat to a masterpiece but sort of shockingly tops it.
March 4, 2014
A mysterious, sensual prism through which to view our own shortcomings and longings.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 2, 2014
The Great Beauty boils over with shapeless disdain, aimed everywhere but where it should be
Full Review | Original Score: D
March 2, 2014
As a parody of Italian cinema, it's tedious. Except we're supposed to be taking this seriously. As if.
February 22, 2014
I don't know that I've ever seen a film in which the visual glory on the screen was so at odds with the philosophy evident in the screenplay.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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