The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby (1974)

Based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, this drama focuses on mysterious man of wealth Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful -- and married -- Daisy Buchanan. This lavish adaptation of the American classic received largely negative… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 2, 2003
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Critic Score: 39% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine

The film is faithful to the letter of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel but entirely misses its spirit.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

Director Jack Clayton seems overawed by the opulence of the production as well as by the mythic presence of Fitzgerald -- and the result is a film of shimmering surface brilliance and almost complete lack of focus or substance.

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Andrea Beach
Common Sense Media

'70s adaptation is visually stunning but emotionally distant.

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

In sum this picture is a total failure of every requisite sensibility. A long, slow, sickening bore.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

A literary adaptation that continually begs detrimental comparison with the novel, this relies too much on appearance, making little attempt to explore behind the beguiling '20s fašade.

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

[VIDEO ESSAY] Widely trashed by a cabal of critics who didn't know a good film when they saw it, Jack Clayton's 1974 rendition of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel beautifully captures its romantic essence and caustic social indictments.

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Variety Staff
Variety

The Francis Coppola script and Jack Clayton's direction paint a savagely genteel portrait of an upper class generation that deserved in spades what it got circa 1929 and after.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

The movie can't see this through all its giant closeups of pretty knees and dancing feet. It's frivolous without being much fun.

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Empire Magazine

An opulent and accurate portrayal of the period that drags too much to stay interesting.

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Flixster Audience Score: 48% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Perry
Faithful adaptation. Can't say I agree with the terrible reviews.
AJ Verser
I haven't read the book, but the story was only interesting to me towards the end. The rest was pretty boring. There are a lot of good actors in this… More
Alex roy
The Great Gatsby is a standout novel that is brilliantly written with a simple story. This book adaptation captures the feel and tone of F. Scott… More
Jeremy Smith
Great book crumy movie, they completely missed the plot. Redford was good though, as always.
Randy Tippy
Nice adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's work but it's hobbled by very questionable casting. (i.e. Bruce Dern as Tom Buchanan?? Seriously??)
Tim Salmons
A very nice film. Another I'll have to revisit again someday.