The Great Gatsby
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"The Great Gatsby" follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz, bootleg kings, and sky-rocketing stocks. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy (Carey Mulligan), and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton). It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich,… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 49%

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"For all the antic, manic itchiness of his Gatsby, for all the jazz hands, the movie doesn't reach out and grab you."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"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."
‑ Christopher Orr, The Atlantic
"...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."
‑ Richard Knight, Windy City Times
"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."
‑ Stuart Klawans, The Nation
"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"
‑ Jeremy Lebens, We Got This Covered
"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."
‑ David Thomson, The New Republic
"The best attempt yet to capture the essence of the novel."
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard Roeper.com
"As a filmmaker, Baz has fine technical knowledge but he never knows when to call cut."
‑ Damien Straker, Impulse Gamer
"Just because a film looks like it was dipped in 18-karat gold doesn't mean it's rich in quality"
‑ Mara Reinstein, Us Weekly
"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."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"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."
‑ Tom Charity, CNN.com
"A failure that should have at least been a magnificent mistake."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"Leonardo DiCaprio is wrong as Jay Gatsby but right when, momentarily embarrassed for once, he stammers that 'this is a terrible mistake.'"
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Many audiences will write [this] off as style over substance, but I think [director] Luhrmann supplies style along with great substance."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Alternately intriguing and infuriating: it's very like the sort of movie exuberantly excessive Gatsby himself might have made."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
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