The Last Tycoon
The Last Tycoon (1976)

Elia Kazan's adaptation of the unfinished F. Scott Fitzgerald novel based on the life of MGM Chairman Irving Thalberg stars Robert DeNiro as a film producer whose lust for power is driving him to an early grave.

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 18, 2003
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Critic Score: 41% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Producer Sam Spiegel's contribution is admirable, but Elia Kazan's direction of the Pinter plot seems unfocussed though craftsmanlike. Robert De Niro's performance as the inscrutable boy-wonder of films is mildly intriguing.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Elia Kazan now admits that he directed this adaptation, his last Hollywood film, for the money. Unfortunately, it looks it.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Fitzgerald's unfinished novel transfers awkwardly to the screen but is saved from oblivion by that always-fascinating actor De Niro.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

De Niro proves again how well he can carry a part, and is particularly good in scenes dealing with the day-to-day business of movie-making.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Kazan's rigid directing kills the spontaneity of nearly every cast member.

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Jamie Gillies
Apollo Guide

Out of place and not quite interesting enough to hold our attention, which is a disappointment, because it has many of the elements that can make for greatness.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

The movie is full of echoes. We watch it as if at a far remove from what's happening, but that too is appropriate: Fitzgerald was writing history as it happened.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's a film that takes Hollywood too seriously and seems to worship with piety at its altar, but was too awkwardly presented to mean much.

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Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Interessante na maior parte do tempo, o filme acaba sendo prejudicado pela fraca subtrama romântica e pelo final medíocre (adaptar um livro inacabado pode ser má idéia).

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Flixster Audience Score: 40% Flixster User Reviews
Conner Rainwater
While itâ??s not Elia Kazanâ??s usual style, itâ??s a very interesting story with a lot to offer. You can instantaneously feel that itâ??s incomplete and… More
Mike T.
I've read a lot of reviews that complain about this film's "glacial pace", but if I may be so bold, I think a lot of people are misplacing… More
jay nixon
With a cast like this there is no way this should be the snoozefest it is. Moves at a glacial place to no real resolution.
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