The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby (2013)

"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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 27, 2013
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Critic Score: 48% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While certainly ambitious -- and every bit as visually dazzling as one might expect -- Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby emphasizes visual splendor at the expense of its source material's vibrant heart.

Wesley Morris
Grantland

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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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

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 Knight
Windy City Times

...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.

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David Thomson
The New Republic

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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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com

The best attempt yet to capture the essence of the novel.

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Damien Straker
Impulse Gamer

As a filmmaker, Baz has fine technical knowledge but he never knows when to call cut.

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Tom Charity
CNN.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.

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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

A failure that should have at least been a magnificent mistake.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Leonardo DiCaprio is wrong as Jay Gatsby but right when, momentarily embarrassed for once, he stammers that 'this is a terrible mistake.'

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
It would be cheeky of me if I wasn't forthright in saying that most of Baz Luhrmann's films have put me off. I understand his technique and I… More
Apeneck Fletcher
I went into this prejudiced against it, thinking Baz Luhrmann had raped an American classic, bastardised it with rap and CGI, a greedy grab for fame, money,… More
Clintus Maximus
There's a lot to like in this version of F .Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel of the jazz age, although this one's a little to "jazzy"… More
Cynthia S.
If we talk only style and production, this would have been 5 stars, true to the form of Luhrmann. Perhaps, I'm still enthralled by the Robert Redford… More
Jim Hunter
From an insane asylum (wait, what?), Nick Carraway narrates the story of a socialite's attempts to woo his long-lost love. Baz Luhrmann's lavish… More
Michael S
Having not read "The Great Gatsby" in it's entirety in school or on my own time, I can't comment on how congruent Baz Luhrmann's… More