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86
Based on 29 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 8 )
  • 80
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Sorrentino’s dazzling tribute to Roman indulgence is a bittersweet, slightly surreal epic. show more

  • 80
    Deborah Young The Hollywood Reporter

    Though Sorrentino’s vision of moral chaos and disorder, spiritual and emotional emptiness at this moment in time is even darker than Fellini’s...he describes it all in a pleasingly creative way that pulls audiences in through humor and excess. show more

  • 77
    Jordan Hoffman Film.com

    Gambardella’s world-weary look back at his sweet life, eclipsed by his turning sixty-five, is a dizzying fantasia of flash and filigree, and what it lacks in direct narrative is well patched-over with frenetic and emotion-rich sequences. This movie is a sight and sound workout. show more

  • 90
    Ella Taylor NPR

    The ghost of Federico Fellini hovers wickedly over The Great Beauty, a fantastic journey around contemporary Rome and a riot of lush imagery juggling past and present, sacred and profane, gorgeous and grotesque. show more

  • 100
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Examiner

    If you know Federico Fellini's "La Dolce Vita," you'll be unable to watch The Great Beauty without thinking about it. This gorgeous Italian movie, like its predecessor, balances pungent satire and a more melancholy mood in portraying the dissolute world of the upper crust in contemporary Rome. show more

  • 100
    Simon Abrams RogerEbert.com

    This 43-year-old filmmaker is a major talent. Though he may not be the second coming of Fellini, his films all have a funny, refreshingly complex perspective, and his latest work is a perfect example of why he is the next big Italian thing. show more

  • 88
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    There’s an exhilarating sadness to it all that amounts to cinematic poetry. show more

  • 88
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    An utterly ravishing portrait of listless luxuriance, a fantasy of decadent wealth and beauty. show more

  • 63
    Chuck Bowen Slant Magazine

    Paolo Sorrentino's film is really just a huge turn-on that has the bad manners to go sour, succumbing to its own self-delusions of moral/political grandeur. show more

  • 100
    Peter Bradshaw The Guardian

    This movie looks and feels superb, it is pure couture cinema. But there is also a excess of richness and bombast and for all its sleekness I felt that the spark of emotion was being hidden, and there is a kind of frustration in the operatic sadness. show more

  • March 30, 2014 rabelais11
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    I watched this extraordinary movie as a rather educated and well read Italian born and I kept telling myself how poorly the subtitles translated what the actors were actually saying and how; like reading The Bard to first graders. Not a mall movie. Cannot do!

  • March 24, 2014 mibuntz
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    Extraordinary imagery. Italy as you will never see it.

  • March 02, 2014 cdic67225
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    Too bad, guess you didn't undertand much. Subtitles?

  • February 10, 2014 lgjhere1
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    Left after 30 minutes: no plot, random unconnected scenes.

  • February 03, 2014 boland7214
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    Many people, including us, left the theater after 15 minutes asking for a refund. Beware!!!

  • February 01, 2014 jerryjou
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    The Great Beauty was one of cheapest films and with continuos strip show dancing, I\'ve have seen lately or ever. Don\'t subject your self to punishment. And, an Academy Award nonimee?? For this trash. Howeever, this a message of how much money was paid to get an nomination.

  • January 29, 2014 jpewther
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    Maybe I just lack the finer sensibilities of the critics, but I thought the movie had no plot and was incoherent. (I don\'t like abstract art either.) I wasn\'t sleepy when I went in, but this movie kept putting me to sleep

  • December 08, 2013 rfcmentor
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    Beautfiully made movie. Deep meaning about the decadence of mdern society are lived through the artist/voyeur Jep. The contrast of realism and fantasy, pornography and spiritual purity ( the nuns, etc._), the breathtaking scenery and the marvelous acting made this a winner. I could see this again to re examine the satirical and serious moments. This film should be seen by anyone who thinks deeply about the meaning of one\'s existence in an otherwise fast paced, narcissistic world.

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