The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby (1974)

In this version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's elegiac novel, Robert Redford stars as self-made millionaire Jake Gatsby, who uses his fortune to buy his way into Long Island society. Most of all, Gatsby wants to win back the love of socialite… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: March 29, 1974
DVD 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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Jason Bailey

Clayton is so obsessed with respecting the story that he turns it into a museum piece; you see the actors going through the paces of dramatizing a classic, rather than finding the heartbeat underneath.

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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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Christopher Hudson
The Spectator

It is not a great film: but in capturing so much as a glimmer from the iridescence of the original, it becomes well worth seeing.

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Variety Staff

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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Moira Walsh
America Magazine

Perhaps it was my lack of expectations that caused me to be pleasantly surprised.

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Flixster Audience Score: 47% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Perry
Faithful adaptation. Can't say I agree with the terrible reviews.
Aj V
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.