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The Great Gatsby Reviews

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Kong Rithdee
Bangkok Post
May 10, 2013
While Fitzgerald's book is elegant and elegiac, the film chooses to be jittery... and while that move gives the material a fresh look, it also spoils the inherent appeal and deep sadness that readers of the book remember so well.
J. Olson
Cinemixtape
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
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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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
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 13, 2013
Everything about Baz Luhrmann's glam and glitzy interpretation of 'The Great Gatsby' is pretty - pretty actors; pretty homes; pretty scenery; pretty parties; and most of all, pretty boring.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 23, 2013
Adapting Gatsby just so you can recreate the party scenes is like remaking Born on the Fourth of July for the war scenes. Luhrmann has a knack for missing the point.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Rodrigo Perez
The Playlist
May 6, 2013
The Great Gatsby is ultimately an epic tragedy, a parable about America, the American dream ethos and its consequences, but the movie's overblown style chokes the life out of any substance the story may have.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground
May 27, 2013
Baz Luhrmann's Gatsby is a tale of two halves: unremarkable in the first and unexpected in the second.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Greg Evans
Bloomberg News
May 9, 2013
Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" is a gaudy, Ritz-sized rhinestone of a movie, more flashy than dazzling, beguiling from some angles and phony to its core.
John Serba
MLive.com
May 31, 2013
For all of the impossible, succulent beauty Luhrmann shows us, the film doesn't thoroughly cultivate the emotional foundation it needs to prop up such extravagance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dale Roe
Austin American-Statesman
May 9, 2013
It almost seems as if the director is priming the pump for the inevitable Broadway musical.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat
May 30, 2013
It may sound like a strange comparison, but the film that Gatsby reminded me of the most is Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jonathan Lack
We Got This Covered
May 9, 2013
Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby flirts with inspiration, but ultimately just goes to prove my longstanding point that slavish accuracy to source material never makes for wholly compelling cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Vincent Mancini
FilmDrunk
May 10, 2013
As Carraway's depicted in the movie, I can finally see why Hemingway thought Fitzgerald was such a pussy. Carraway is writer as observer-eunuch, the antithesis of Hemingway's phallus-brandishing lion killer.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
June 30, 2013
The Great Gatsby is Baz Luhrman's visual tribute album to the novel; and it's only in his filmmaking comfort zones that any of the essence of the text elevates beyond karaoke.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
May 17, 2013
You don't watch Baz Luhrmann's detonation of F Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby; you get beaten up by it
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Looker
TheShiznit.co.uk
May 24, 2013
Luhrmann basically invites us to the world's greatest party, but it's one that slowly sours over the course of the following two hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 4, 2013
The biggest problem here is the quartet of Leo, Tobey, Carey and Joel stuck with such pain-in-the-arse characters. And all the amusingly anachronistic soundtracking, gorgeous production design and cinematic gloriousness can't make up for that, old sport.
| Original Score: 3/5
R. Kurt Osenlund
Slant Magazine
May 9, 2013
When The Great Gatsby actually stops to breathe, there is some greatness to be found, however brief it may be.
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
May 19, 2013
Why didn't the maestro didn't just go the whole hog and rename it "Jazz Hands: A Love Story"? A bottle of your best champagne says he thought about it.
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