The Great Gatsby
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 39%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film is faithful to the letter of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel but entirely misses its spirit."
‑ Jay Cocks, TIME Magazine
"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."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"'70s adaptation is visually stunning but emotionally distant."
‑ Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media
"The color is rich, the photography superb, and the atmospherics of the roaring twenties are realistically and stunningly in evidence in this film version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece novel, but that's it."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"One of Redford's best"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"In sum this picture is a total failure of every requisite sensibility. A long, slow, sickening bore."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"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."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"[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."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Too slow, too dull. Redford lacked the danger of Fitzgerald's creation."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"Though lush in nearly every way, under the reproachful eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg, The Great Gatsby becomes ineffectual and rudderless."
‑ Kurt Dahlke, Apollo Guide
"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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The movie can't see this through all its giant closeups of pretty knees and dancing feet. It's frivolous without being much fun."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"An opulent and accurate portrayal of the period that drags too much to stay interesting."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"Despite oppulent production values, Jack Clayton's second Hollywood version of Fitzgerald's great novel is a misfire, a dull feature that suffers from lack of chemistry between Robert Redford and Mia Farrow (who's miscast)."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Law & Order's Sam Waterston is superb in support"
‑ Lori Hoffman, Atlantic City Weekly
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