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: 49% 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.

Alexandra MacAaron
Women's Voices for Change

A fan of the Redford/Farrow version, I was prepared to be disappointed. And I was wrong. It may be a bit too much of a wild ride visually. But it gave me a new way of looking at a familiar figure. And there's something pretty great about that.

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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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Josh Terry
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

It most closely echoes Moulin Rouge, and that may be the easiest way to evaluate the film. if you liked Moulin Rouge, you'll probably like Gatsby. If you didn't, then you're in for more of the same.

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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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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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Sarah Marrs

... Luhrmann's Gatsby is so over-the-top as to be migraine inducing, a loud, violently bright film that assaults your eyeballs repeatedly with more glitter and Day-Glo than your retinas can handle.

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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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Nick Dent
Time Out Sydney

[Gatsby] is a canonical tale given a fresh spin.

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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