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The Great Gatsby Reviews

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Sonny Bunch
Washington Free Beacon
July 14, 2016
There's something dispiriting about a filmmaker who does his best to be utterly faithful to the words on the page, but doesn't seem to recognize what those words mean.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jason Bailey
June 21, 2016
It's a headache-inducing mishmash of waving curtains, hyperactive fades, aggressive zooms, and Baz basically just throwing things at the lens (confetti, champagne, fabric, Tobey Maguire).
Francesca Rudkin
New Zealand Herald
June 14, 2016
Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby might not reach the dizzying heights of Fitzgerald's novel, but he gives it a damn good shot, old sport.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
J. Olson
April 12, 2016
It's not one spectacularly bad decision that sinks "The Great Gatsby," but a series of mediocre ones, leaving us with a film as forgettable as it is unnecessary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
James Plath
Family Home Theater
March 30, 2016
The film's strength is its visual style and Luhrmann's daring high-wire act.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Rob Gonsalves
July 15, 2015
Luhrmann is quite content to stay on the surface, to rub elbows with tuxedoed gents and bewitching flappers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
April 28, 2015
Based on a book that's not particularly well-suited to movies, the film is a chintzy, 3-D muddle in which Leonardo DiCaprio happens to be amazing.
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
June 27, 2014
...of such bacchanalian proportions that it requires an act of will to sit there passively as the senses are not merely assaulted but pummeled into submission. It's akin to watching a play staged on a carousel.
Damien Straker
Impulse Gamer
January 19, 2014
As a filmmaker, Baz has fine technical knowledge but he never knows when to call cut.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Wesley Morris
January 3, 2014
For all the antic, manic itchiness of his Gatsby, for all the jazz hands, the movie doesn't reach out and grab you.
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
December 1, 2013
Leonardo DiCaprio is wrong as Jay Gatsby but right when, momentarily embarrassed for once, he stammers that 'this is a terrible mistake.'
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
November 1, 2013
What's amazing is the mixture of willpower and uncertainty, mendacity and credulity, gracefulness and self-conscious posing that [DiCaprio] conveys, even before you see him speak.
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Mara Reinstein
Us Weekly
September 22, 2013
Just because a film looks like it was dipped in 18-karat gold doesn't mean it's rich in quality
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
August 29, 2013
Many audiences will write [this] off as style over substance, but I think [director] Luhrmann supplies style along with great substance.
Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered
August 29, 2013
The Great Gatsby is a visual treat & one worth the 3D surcharge, but feels like a lopsided endeavor that captures the style & energy, but not exactly the heart & soul
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael Dequina
August 28, 2013
Boils down to its essence of pure feeling, in every sense--from literal stimulus and sensation to the emotions, in all their seething, loving, consuming, destructive passions, that drive the characters and their actions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
August 26, 2013
Alternately intriguing and infuriating: it's very like the sort of movie exuberantly excessive Gatsby himself might have made.
Chris Barsanti
August 24, 2013
This is kitsch at such a deep level it doesn't even seem to be aware that it's kitsch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Eric D. Snider
July 12, 2013
Almost 100 percent faithful to the novel in terms of plot, and almost zero percent faithful in terms of theme, character, and impact.
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
July 11, 2013
This take, pimped out in 3D spectacle and one woozy romance, renders the '20s as backdrop and swerves around the book's period-politics. A surreal slice-of-a-1922-summer overbaked into maximalist fantasia. The narrative frame is silly; the pacing is off.
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