The Great Gatsby Reviews

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September 9, 2020
The film, which is still vastly superior to the 1974 Robert Redford version, is emotionally adrift yet visually arresting.
July 27, 2020
When [Luhrmann] steps back from the world-building and focuses on the intimate love triangle between Gatsby, Daisy, and Buchanan, that's where everything comes to a screeching halt.
July 17, 2020
When it comes to translating a classic novel, more could have been done here. A lot less could have been done, at the same time.
July 9, 2020
For all the gimmicks, flamboyant celebrations, and intrusive modern flourishes, the film is loud and boisterous, but ultimately empty. Gazing at the spectacle, you can't help but think it will eventually all add up to something, but it never does.
August 13, 2019
It seems as desperate to be adored as Jay Gatsby himself, and it's suffocated by delusions of grandeur on a comparable scale.
August 13, 2019
Where the movie is less successful is in homing in on the inherent melancholic darkness and the subtle allusiveness of Gatsby's central journey.
April 10, 2019
I found it to be all style and glitz and very little substance.
March 20, 2019 the end I couldn't help feeling the film had missed the mark.
March 2, 2019
Look, anytime you can't get some tears out of ME with a tragic love story, I feel like you're doing it wrong. I cry at Google commercials!
February 22, 2019
Subtlety is not a concept but giddy as it is, The Great Gatsby lacks the lunatic excess of Moulin Rouge!
February 20, 2019
The biggest problem with The Great Gatsby is that the filmmakers [Baz] Luhrmann in particular seem to have lost sight of much of what makes the novel an American classic.
December 19, 2018
Each time one of the story's main characters is introduced, there's a pregnant pause to tell the audience we're meeting someone important here.
November 2, 2018
Feels less like a literate attempt to translate Fitzgerald to the screen than it does the moonshine-induced fever dream of a crazed wino who drifted to sleep with a crumpled copy of the book clutched to his chest.
August 30, 2018
Its boat too often rides along the current, borne safely into mediocrity.
April 17, 2018
When the crucial moment of the story comes, it feels emotionally stunted and unrelated to anything that has passed.
October 21, 2017
... Luhrmann's Gatsby is so over-the-top as to be migraine inducing, a loud, violently bright film that assaults your eyeballs repeatedly with more glitter and Day-Glo than your retinas can handle.
August 18, 2017
When the film requires more depth, we see the cracks appear, as if the dizzying pace of the party leaves one unable to balance once the music stops.
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.
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).
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.
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