An adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's Long Island-set novel, where Midwesterner Nick Carraway is lured into the lavish world of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby. Soon enough, however, Carraway will see through the cracks of Gatsby's nouveau riche existence, where obsession, madness, and tragedy await.... (Full plot summary below)
An adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's Long Island-set novel, where Midwesterner Nick Carraway is lured into the lavish world of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby. Soon enough, however, Carraway will see through the cracks of Gatsby's nouveau riche existence, where obsession, madness, and tragedy await.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto) - 9/10 by Rick GroenIt’s a terrific adaptation that succeeds not only as a work of cinema but also, wonderfully, as proof of the novel’s greatness. In short, the picture rebukes the revisionists even while entertaining them.
Chicago Sun-Times - 9/10 by Richard RoeperAmidst all the fireworks and the cascading champagne and the insanely over-the-top parties, we’re reminded again and again that The Great Gatsby is about a man who spends half a decade constructing an elaborate monument to the woman of his dreams.
New York Post - 9/10 by Lou LumenickBaz 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.
TwitchFilm - 9/10 by Eric D. SniderAlmost 100 percent faithful to the novel in terms of plot, and almost zero percent faithful in terms of theme, character, and impact.
Deadspin - 9/10 by Will LeitchAdapting Gatsby just so you can recreate the party scenes is like remaking Born on the Fourth of July for the war scenes. Luhrmann has a knack for missing the point.
Cinema Sight - 9/10 by Wesley LovellA stunning recreation of 1920's New York that sticks as close to its source material as it can while delivering an engaging adaptation.
Cinema Crazed - 8/10 by Felix Vasquez Jr.Many audiences will write [this] off as style over substance, but I think [director] Luhrmann supplies style along with great substance.
TheMovieReport.com - 8/10 by Michael DequinaBoils down to its essence of pure feeling, in every sense--from literal stimulus and sensation to the emotions, in all their seething, loving, consuming, destructive passions, that drive the characters and their actions.
San Francisco Chronicle - 8/10 by Mick LaSalleThe good news about Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of the Fitzgerald masterpiece is that he doesn't use the novel as a mere pretext for his own visual invention, but genuinely tries to capture the Fitzgeraldian spirit, and for the most part, despite some vulgar lapses, he succeeds.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 8/10 by Joe WilliamsThe Great Gatsby is both swooningly romantic and giddily energetic.
Tampa Bay Times - 8/10 by Steve PersallAs a purely sensory experience at the movies you're hard-pressed to find anything more dazzling than the first 90 minutes of The Great Gatsby, when Luhrmann's riotous amusements make anything possible.
Portland Oregonian - 8/10 by Marc MohanWhen the camera glides down a pier to settle for the first time on Gatsby's face, it's a movie-star moment of the sort we don't often get anymore, and there aren't many actors who could pull off Gatsby's mixture of confident charisma and pathetic vulnerability.