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The Great Beauty Reviews

January 31, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 30, 2014
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.
January 30, 2014
A riotous film that finds depth, clarity and refreshment in even the shallowest of pools.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 16, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A
January 8, 2014
Though there's precious little drama, Sorrentino's skills as an image-maker are indisputable.
January 2, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 12, 2013
Go ahead. Soak up the Beauty. It's one of the best films of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: A
December 10, 2013
Sometimes all you want from a movie is more. Sorrentino's opulent carnival of modern Rome is the most more you could ever hope to see.
December 1, 2013
"The Great Beauty" resembles a contemporary "La Dolce Vita," Fellini's surreal 1960 tribute to Rome's splendor, self-indulgence and superficiality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 29, 2013
Paolo Sorrentino's overwrought, Felliniesque opus ...
November 28, 2013
At times it seems that every frame is a tribute to the Fellini classics of the early 1960s.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 26, 2013
"The Great Beauty" is drop-dead gorgeous, a film that is luxuriously, seductively, stunningly cinematic.
November 25, 2013
If the antics of the beau monde disgust or exhaust you, stay away from Sorrentino's film; look no further, on the other hand, if you wish to know whether, where, and in what guise the spirit of Fellini remains at work-and, better still, at play.
November 25, 2013
This is a Fellini project, if you like, but it is a film full of music, dance, Rome's crème brûlée light and a sensual tenderness, so that it might have been made by Renoir.
November 22, 2013
The melancholy in this film is just as trumped up as the frenzy.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
November 22, 2013
The Great Beauty is a subtly daring cinematic high-wire act - an entire film built around one character's unrealized, unspecified yearning. And it might just be the most unforgettable film of the year.
November 21, 2013
Sorrentino's juxtaposition of contemporary Roman indulgence and the Eternal City's place in history's imagination makes for a bittersweet epic in which a solitary character, Jep, stands in for the director, and us, and experiences an epiphany.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 15, 2013
Never have cynicism and disillusion seemed more intoxicating than in "The Great Beauty," which is such an overwhelming visual and auditory experience that its elements of cautionary moral fable threaten to get lost amid the gorgeousness.
November 15, 2013
There's an exhilarating sadness to it all that amounts to cinematic poetry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 15, 2013
[Sorrentino] stuffs, nearly engorges, this 2 hour-and-20-minute film with outrageous and gloriously visual anecdotes.
November 15, 2013
While it is definitely Fellini-esque, it's also a crystallization of Sorrentino's own distinctive style.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 14, 2013
A deliriously alive movie, "The Great Beauty" is the story of a man, a city, a country and a cinema, though not necessarily in that order.
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November 14, 2013
A fantastic journey around contemporary Rome and a riot of lush imagery juggling past and present, sacred and profane, gorgeous and grotesque.
November 14, 2013
It's a glorious experience, one that blends both compassionate dismay and wry delight over Italy's own, eternal excess.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 14, 2013
Once the film settles down, it becomes a rollicking yet melancholy tour of a city so spectacular and historic that it paralyzes its inhabitants.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 12, 2013
Sorrentino's vision is the size of Rome itself, and his confidence is dazzling.
November 11, 2013
Rome in all its splendor and superficiality, artifice and significance, becomes an enormous banquet too rich to digest in one sitting in Paolo Sorrentino's densely packed, often astonishing The Great Beauty.
September 4, 2013
Sorrentino is so often compared to Fellini that it feels right that he has made the city of 'La Dolce Vita' the focus for this heady, beautiful, entrancing film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 30, 2013
A maximalist's delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.7
May 28, 2013
A vivid glimpse, both funny and deeply unsettling, of a Berlusconi-era Italy rotting below its luscious-looking surface.
May 23, 2013
Referencing without imitating Fellini, Sorrentino offers an amusing update on Italian society at the end of a cycle.