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The Great Gatsby Reviews

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Wesley Morris
Grantland
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.
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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
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David Thomson
The New Republic
June 12, 2013
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.
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
May 15, 2013
There are no two ways about it: The Great Gatsby is misconceived and misjudged, a crude burlesque on what's probably American literature's most precious jewel.
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
May 10, 2013
The central problem with Luhrmann's film is that when it's entertaining it's not Gatsby, and when it's Gatsby it's not entertaining.
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
May 10, 2013
The best attempt yet to capture the essence of the novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
May 10, 2013
A failure that should have at least been a magnificent mistake.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 10, 2013
"The Great Gatsby" is a cool movie, in both the positive and negative sense. You may certainly be impressed, but you may not be moved.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 10, 2013
It's a terrific adaptation that succeeds not only as a work of cinema but also, wonderfully, as proof of the novel's greatness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 9, 2013
The best thing about Baz Luhrmann's much-anticipated/much-dreaded The Great Gatsby is that, for all its computer-generated whoosh and overbroad acting, it is unmistakably F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. That is no small deal.
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
May 9, 2013
Baz Luhrmann's razzmatazz and bombast -- in 3D! -- overwhelm the subtle poetry of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Dana Stevens
Slate
May 9, 2013
It is, as I suspected, a gargantuan hunk of over-art-directed kitsch, but it makes for a grandiose, colorful, pleasure-drenched night at the movies.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 9, 2013
This dreadful film even derogates the artistry of Fitzgerald, who wrote "The Great Gatsby" while living on Long Island and in Europe.
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May 9, 2013
Luhrmann takes great care with the rhythms of individual scenes, yet the film as a whole plays like a long trudge through a familiar story.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 9, 2013
As unlikely as it might seem, high-energy director Baz Luhrmann has in fact crafted a somnambulant motion picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 9, 2013
Baz Luhrmann is exactly the wrong person to adapt such a delicately rendered story, and his 3D feature plays like a ghastly Roaring 20s blowout at a sorority house.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
May 9, 2013
Luhrmann hasn't unlocked the secrets of a story that remains all but unfilmable, but his Gatsby is far more than a collection of superficial splashes and tics.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
May 9, 2013
Even while being admirably faithful to so much of the novel's language, Luhrmann and Pearce still can't quite maneuver Carraway's more cautionary contours about America.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
May 9, 2013
Despite timely relevance, enduring truths and Luhrmann's earnest efforts to make The Great Gatsby jump off the screen, he -- and we -- finally can't help but fail to grasp it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 9, 2013
Fitzgerald's sensibility is delicately nuanced, but there's steel in his melancholy. With Luhrmann, everything, not just the parties but the intimate scenes, turns into Mardi Gras.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 9, 2013
Leonardo DiCaprio gives us the full Gatsby, assured yet insecure, and he's magnificent, but the movie ends up romanticizing what Fitzgerald spent the book de-romanticizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
May 9, 2013
Maguire's otherworldly coolness suits the observer drawn into a story he might prefer only to watch. DiCaprio is persuasive as the little boy lost impersonating a tough guy, and Mulligan finds ways to express Daisy's magnetism and weakness.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 9, 2013
Old dogs who don't believe in new tricks can howl about sacrilege, but for those attuned to the movie, "The Great Gatsby" is the cat's meow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 9, 2013
The themes are spelled out with all the refinement of Cliffs Notes. The CGI gimmicks add nothing relevant (skip the 3-D ticket). And few of the actors seem at all comfortable amid the decadence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 9, 2013
Although the incurably exuberant Baz Luhrmann had the glitter factories and sequin mines working overtime, his glitzed-up "Gatsby" is dishwater dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 9, 2013
There have been other stabs at Fitzgerald's book ... But none can be deemed as audaciously miscalculated as this.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 9, 2013
We're ... reminded of what this movie could have been, had not Luhrmann hit the autopilot switch and allowed Fitzgerald to do all the dramatic thinking for him.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 9, 2013
There may be worse movies this summer than The Great Gatsby, but there won't be a more crushing disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 9, 2013
Frenzied and overwrought, Baz Luhrmann'sThe Great Gatsby is a glitz-filled folly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 9, 2013
The real star of any Baz Luhrmann film must be Baz Luhrmann. And he wears out his welcome very early.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
May 9, 2013
The perfectionist Luhrmann ... captures the exterior excesses of Gatsby's life but overlooks the interior torment that fuels them. Without the latter, Gatsby is less a film and more of a salute to production design.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 9, 2013
The result is less a conventional movie adaptation than a splashy, trashy opera, a wayward, lavishly theatrical celebration of the emotional and material extravagance that Fitzgerald surveyed with fascinated ambivalence.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 9, 2013
Where this "Gatsby" fails, it at least does so with imaginative and verve; where it succeeds, it finds poetry.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Matt Zoller Seitz
Chicago Sun-Times
May 9, 2013
Even when the movie's not working, its style fascinates. That "not working" part is a deal breaker, though ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ben Kenigsberg
AV Club
May 9, 2013
A half-reverent, half-travestying adaptation that's campy but not a betrayal, offering a lively take on a familiar work while sacrificing such niceties as structure, character, and nuance.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 9, 2013
There's always something to watch. But the actors' efforts to get something going the old-fashioned way - by interacting with each other, in the service of the characters - get shoved to the sidelines, in favor of one more blast of glitter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
May 8, 2013
On paper "Gatsby" sounds like quite the film. On screen, though, things start to fall apart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
May 8, 2013
It surely belongs to the category of baroque, overblown, megalomaniacal spectacles dubbed "film follies" by longtime Nation film critic Stuart Klawans.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
May 8, 2013
DiCaprio has aged into roles like this with a certain grace. He carries himself with the self-confidence Gatsby would, but also manages the shade of doubt, that it's all false bravado.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
May 8, 2013
For the most part, the actors never sync up with Luhrmann's jitterbug rhythm.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
May 8, 2013
It is DiCaprio who really burrows into the soul and the marrow of a classic. Luhrmann just grazes it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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William Goss
Film.com
May 8, 2013
And so we wait, wait for the parties to end, wait for sparks to fly, for tragedy to strike, for repercussions to ensue, for our persistently passive protagonist to simply shut up already.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 8, 2013
I love the publicity quotes by Baz Luhrmann stating that his intention was to make an epic romantic vision that is enormous. Also: overwrought, asinine, exaggerated and boring. But in the end, about as romantic as a pet rock.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
May 8, 2013
[Luhrmann's] "Great Gatsby" is all about the glitter but it has no soul - and the fact that he's directed it in 3-D only magnifies the feeling of artificiality.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
May 7, 2013
It seldom, if ever, captures that fierce delicacy of feeling Fitzgerald packed into every sentence. And it's not an actors' movie.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
May 7, 2013
The anachronistic pop-music cues, digitally augmented tracking shots and disco-globe-glittery production design don't re-create the headiness of early-20th-century New York so much as invent a billowy fantasy otherworld in the gauzy vein of Twilight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 7, 2013
A movie that may not be truly great but certainly stands out like a beacon in a sea of silly blockbusters.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
May 6, 2013
Luhrmann seems to relish the opportunity to explore the period while regarding the book as a burden.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
May 6, 2013
The fourth adaptation of the Fitzgerald novel scores some hits and wild misses, but DiCaprio nails the bull's-eye.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
May 6, 2013
Fitzgerald's illusions were not very different from Gatsby's, but his illusionless book resists destruction even from the most aggressive and powerful despoilers.
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Scott Foundas
Variety
May 6, 2013
What Luhrmann grasps even less than previous adapters of the tale is that Fitzgerald was, via his surrogate Carraway, offering an eyewitness account of the decline of the American empire, not an invitation to the ball.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
May 6, 2013
The cast is first-rate, the ambiance and story provide a measure of intoxication and, most importantly, the core thematic concerns pertaining to the American dream, self-reinvention and love lost, regained and lost again are tenaciously addressed.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
May 5, 2013
This film marks the official moment in which Baz Luhrmann's signature style has become self-parody. So we beat on, boats against the current, jumping the shark.