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The Great Beauty Reviews

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Jake Cole
Movie Mezzanine
March 2, 2014
The Great Beauty boils over with shapeless disdain, aimed everywhere but where it should be
Full Review | Original Score: D
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
February 9, 2014
2 hours and 20 minutes of my life that I'll never get back.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
November 10, 2013
Paolo Sorrentino's film is really just a huge turn-on that has the bad manners to go sour, succumbing to its own self-delusions of moral/political grandeur.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Barsanti
February 8, 2014
There's little to discover in Paolo Sorrentino's satiric vision of Rome, except perhaps, that some cities just look better than others while entertaining themselves to hell.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
January 25, 2014
For all its high-brow posturing, this film is tedious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
March 2, 2014
As a parody of Italian cinema, it's tedious. Except we're supposed to be taking this seriously. As if.
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times
September 5, 2013
It's Fellini in Vegas.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard
September 6, 2013
The city looks good enough to dive into. If only the humans in the frame weren't so shallow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 22, 2013
The melancholy in this film is just as trumped up as the frenzy.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
November 29, 2013
Paolo Sorrentino's overwrought, Felliniesque opus ...
Abby Garnett
Paste Magazine
January 30, 2014
Sorrentino has managed to build a loving and distinctive work on the foundation of an indolent, often self-loathing social strata.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Marco Grosoli
Film Comment Magazine
November 12, 2013
In blatant reference to La dolce vita, The Great Beauty is an apt if lazily postmodern response to Fellini's question: how can we convert nihilism from an existential plague into a decent way of life?
Nathalie Atkinson
National Post
February 6, 2014
With inevitable debt to Fellini, Sorrentino's nods as reverential as they are wry.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Will Chadwick
We Got This Covered
November 12, 2013
Beneath the beautiful surface and indulgence of Sorrentino's The Great Beauty, there is an insightful, intriguing satire about what it means to create art that elevates itself beyond shallow eye candy.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
June 18, 2013
The film is defiantly short on structure, but the beautiful chaos is so chaotically beautiful that only the surliest viewer will think to complain.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
January 20, 2014
One of the most 'Italian' films I've ever seen; passionate, satirical, and sumptuous
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
T'Cha Dunlevy
Montreal Gazette
January 24, 2014
Borrowing liberally from the spirit of famed countryman Federico Fellini's 1960 classic La Dolce Vita, Sorrentino emerges with an existential fantasy steeped in Italy's rich cinematic history, with feet firmly planted in the present.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Guy Lodge
Empire Magazine
September 2, 2013
Sumptuous and self-indulgent, Sorrentino's latest is a Fellini-like feast for the eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sarah Ward
FILMINK (Australia)
February 7, 2014
Sorrentino's film may flit between vignettes of extravagance and eccentricity, but more is always toiling underneath.
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Michael Nordine
L.A. Weekly
January 8, 2014
Though there's precious little drama, Sorrentino's skills as an image-maker are indisputable.
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