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: May 10, 2013
DVD 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

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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Tom Charity

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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Sonny Bunch
Washington Free Beacon

There's something dispiriting about a filmmaker who does his best to be utterly faithful to the words on the page, but doesn't seem to recognize what those words mean.

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Mara Reinstein
Us Weekly

Just because a film looks like it was dipped in 18-karat gold doesn't mean it's rich in quality

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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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Jason Bailey

It's a headache-inducing mishmash of waving curtains, hyperactive fades, aggressive zooms, and Baz basically just throwing things at the lens (confetti, champagne, fabric, Tobey Maguire).

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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

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

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Francesca Rudkin
New Zealand Herald

Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby might not reach the dizzying heights of Fitzgerald's novel, but he gives it a damn good shot, old sport.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Jens S.
Visually stunning, as expected with Luhrmann, to the degree of a somewhat artificial look. That works for this film, though and makes for a very unique… 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
Carlos Magalh„es
A very faithful adaptation that, with all its glamorous costume and production design, overstylized visuals and anachronistic music that only add to it, proves… 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
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
Kevin M. Williams
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