Jan 15, 2021
The film does nothing to beat against the current. There's no lesson that all this 1920s extravagance is problematic. The message is to party like a rock star and dress like a robber baron - just don't waste all your money chasing a woman who waffles.
Feb 22, 2019
Subtlety is not a concept but giddy as it is, The Great Gatsby lacks the lunatic excess of Moulin Rouge!
Sep 4, 2018
This is fantastically enjoyable, and a blast. It is wild and rampant and thrilling. It's the best film I've seen since the last best film I saw, whatever and whenever that was.
Apr 4, 2018
It is not the novel, no, but happy to report, the madly embattled result is a real movie.
Sep 5, 2017
Like flicking through the pages of Vogue whilst sipping a martini.
Jun 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).
Jan 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.
Sep 22, 2013
Just because a film looks like it was dipped in 18-karat gold doesn't mean it's rich in quality
Jun 14, 2013
Though it is quite possible that the neutered feel of Luhrmann's Gatsby is entirely due to studio meddling, the finished product isn't enjoyable, either as campy fun or a serious attempt at dismantling the American dream.
Jun 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.
Jun 4, 2013
What makes The Great Gatsby a failure is Luhrmann's fear of the delicate moment, the ungilded lily. His camera whizzes across Manhattan, hurtling down the sides of skyscrapers, until overkill seeps into every quiet corner.
May 23, 2013
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 17, 2013
You don't watch Baz Luhrmann's detonation of F Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby; you get beaten up by it
May 16, 2013
The problem is that in such a raucous adaptation, the cast can only act coarsely, too.
May 16, 2013
Despite DiCaprio's prize performance, purists will fume, but even as lit-crashing razzle-dazzle entertainment Luhrmann's adaptation is a candelabrum too far.
May 16, 2013
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 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.
May 15, 2013
Not an all-out disaster, but Fitzgerald's novel is rendered as a fairly standard love story. And it's much, much more than that.
May 13, 2013
There is surely no contradiction in praising the Australian director's batty ambitions for this story while admitting that they often work against it.
May 10, 2013
It's the struggle between the filmmaker's natural instincts and his better self that makes the results so wildly inconsistent.