The Great Gatsby 2013

The Great Gatsby

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While certainly ambitious -- and every bit as visually dazzling as one might expect -- Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby emphasizes visual splendor at the expense of its source material's vibrant heart.

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Midwest native Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) arrives in 1922 New York in search of the American dream. Nick, a would-be writer, moves in next-door to millionaire Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) and across the bay from his cousin Daisy (Carey Mulligan) and her philandering husband, Tom (Joel Edgerton). Thus, Nick becomes drawn into the captivating world of the wealthy and -- as he bears witness to their illusions and deceits -- pens a tale of impossible love, dreams, and tragedy.

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Critic Reviews for The Great Gatsby

All Critics (298) | Top Critics (57) | Fresh (143) | Rotten (155)

  • For all the antic, manic itchiness of his Gatsby, for all the jazz hands, the movie doesn't reach out and grab you.

    January 3, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Just because a film looks like it was dipped in 18-karat gold doesn't mean it's rich in quality

    September 22, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • It's stupefying, it's vulgar, it's demeaning-it's dull and there's nothing like the dullness that is trying to be a sensation.

    June 12, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Luhrmann understandably wants his Gatsby to be great, but he has inadvertently reminded us that the Great American Novel belongs precisely where it was born: on the page.

    May 23, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The problem is that in such a raucous adaptation, the cast can only act coarsely, too.

    May 16, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • For much of its length, Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby has the terrible endlessness of films where everything is too short. We are jabbed with effect after effect, in our faces and up our noses in 3D

    May 16, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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  • Feb 28, 2016
    I really enjoyed the visual aspect of this movie. The acting was also very good.
    Erin C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 16, 2015
    I was thoroughly unimpressed in more ways than one with Baz Lurhmann's take on one of the nation's greatest novels, The Great Gatsby. Considering Lurhmann has had moderate success with Moulin Rouge! and Romeo & Juliet (where he worked with DiCaprio before) it's disappointing how this adaptation could fall so flat with such powerful stars. While the movie sticks to the source material for the most part, I didn't need the narration from Tobey Maguire the entire time like I was actually reading the book. First, I have never been completely sold on Maguire. I don't think he's a bad actor, but he didn't give any characterization to Nick Carraway. The same goes for most of the actors in this film, including DiCaprio. Nobody's performance deserves any special attention because it felt so cookie-cutter that you might have thought the actors were only showing emotion because of the punctuation on the script they were reading. I know this was a few years ago, but Leo was coming off some of his best movies, and then this interrupted one of the better strings of successful movies for him. Carey Mulligan is always a delight on screen, but other than crying, sobbing or appearing confused, there wasn't much else for her to do. Nothing came together for me while I was watching. Scenes cut in and out of flashbacks. Editing was abysmal. Continuity between scenes was a joke. What was the deal with trying to fuse current music into a movie based in the 1920s? None of it felt right. It was pretty much watching an audio book on screen with all the narration we were drug through and when we finally had a chance to watch what was happening on screen without listening to someone tell us about it, the scenes were filled with awkward pauses and stilted dialogue. Even though Luhrmann stayed faithful to the material, never at any point did I believe it was on par with the magic I read back in high school from Fitzgerald.
    Lane Z Super Reviewer
  • Jul 09, 2014
    Baz Luhrman's signature style works wonderfully with the source material, capturing the eclectic energy of Fitzgerald's masterpiece without sacrificing the tender emotion and depth of character that made the book so wonderful.
    Isaac H Super Reviewer
  • May 25, 2014
    From an insane asylum (wait, what?), Nick Carraway narrates the story of a socialite's attempts to woo his long-lost love. Baz Luhrmann's lavish style, quick cuts, garish colors, and modern screaming, drum-heavy music attempt to capture the roar of the Roaring Twenties. It's a valiant attempt, and I like when it succeeds and don't get too angry when the style rudely overtakes the story. It's mostly faithful to the source material except for a few glaring dissimilarities that make me wonder if the filmmakers simply felt the need to stamp the story with their spin. Leonardo DiCaprio is good as Gatsby, capturing the lavishness of his excess and the vulnerability of relationship with Daisy, and Tobey Maguire is fine as literature's most famous witness; although, Maguire isn't allowed to express the appropriate moral outrage at the end of the film. Likewise, the script doesn't give enough to Carey Mulligan to expose Daisy's depth. Overall, it's a fair attempt, but Luhrmann's luridness is often misplaced.
    Jim H Super Reviewer

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