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The Great Beauty Reviews

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February 1, 2019
A thesis on opulence and how Rome has sated the aesthete sensibility of its main character.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
December 12, 2017
... a nostalgic journey - fantastic and surreal... [Full review in Spanish]
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
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
February 21, 2014
The Great Beauty (or, more wonderfully, La Grande Bellezza) is a memory play, a meditation on life, a celebration of the incidentals that make it joyous and more.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 21, 2014
Ah, to be wealthy, gorgeous and dead inside in Rome!
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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