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The Great Gatsby

Midwesterner Nick Carraway is lured into the lavish world of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby. He quickly discovers that Gatsby befriended him in hopes that he could play matchmaker with Nick's cousin, Daisy, an old flame of Gatsby's who is now married. Soon enough, Nick finds cracks in Gatsby's nouveau riche existence, where obsession, madness, and tragedy await.
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WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING?

Megan Rochlin Profile picture for Megan Rochlin

This film is unfairly maligned. Past adaptations of Gatsby have failed precisely because they tried to be too reserved and respectful and as a result produced dull, lifeless adaptations. Baz Luhrman tries to infuse his movie with the same lurid energy of the book. Yes, this film is over the top and no, it did not need to be in 3D. But in making this film so extra, I think it has really captured the spirit of the book.

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WHAT ARE CRITICS SAYING?

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Slant Magazine by

This is a film which takes classic source material and imbues it on screen with a sense of wonder commensurate to its prior form, perhaps offering an even more visceral impression of the possibilities inherent to this beautiful, tragic world.
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The New Yorker by David Denby

Luhrmann's vulgarity is designed to win over the young audience, and it suggests that he's less a filmmaker than a music-video director with endless resources and a stunning absence of taste. [13 May 2013, p.78]
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IndieWire by Eric Kohn

Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby has the hallmarks of a contemporary Hollywood spectacle. It's missing the explosions, but make no mistake: Gatsby is one glitzy misfire.
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Time Out by Keith Uhlich

Shorn of its quintessentially American roots, a biting tale of adult extravagance becomes insubstantially tween-aged.
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New York Post by Lou Lumenick

Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby is the first must-see film of Hollywood’s summer season, if for no other reason than its jaw-dropping evocation of Roaring ’20s New York — in 3-D, no less.
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Observer by Rex Reed

I love the publicity quotes by Baz Luhrmann stating that his intention was to make an epic romantic vision that is enormous. Also: overwrought, asinine, exaggerated and boring. But in the end, about as romantic as a pet rock.
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The Playlist by Rodrigo Perez

With the sound off, Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby surely looks as radiant and extraordinary as some of the most dazzling movies ever committed to celluloid, but with the sound up and the experience on full volume, the movie is mostly a cacophony of style, excess and noise that makes you want to turn it all down a notch...or three...
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Variety by Scott Foundas

More often, Gatsby feels like a well-rehearsed classic in which the actors say their lines ably, but with no discernible feeling behind them.
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Village Voice by Stephanie Zacharek

It's an expressionist work, a story reinvented to the point of total self-invention, polished to a handsome sheen and possessing no class or taste beyond the kind you can buy. And those are the reasons to love it.
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The Hollywood Reporter by Todd McCarthy

No matter how frenzied and elaborate and sometimes distracting his technique may be, Luhrmann's personal connection and commitment to the material remains palpable, which makes for a film that, most of the time, feels vibrantly alive while remaining quite faithful to the spirit, if not the letter or the tone, of its source.

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