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Expectations have been mixed concerning Baz Luhrmann's take on The Great Gatsby. Many were taken back by the decision from the get-go: conceptually, Luhrman's visually bombastic, style-over-substance approach seemed in conflict with the novel's somber tone. Skeptics were only further confounded by early trailers, which presented Fitzgerald's roaring-twenties through the glitzy lens of modern-day exuberance. Others proved more hopeful, pointing to the the success of Luhrmann's 2001 classic, Moulin Rouge!, and the film's strong cast, which includes A-listers like Leonardo Decaprio and Carey Mulligan. Last week's soundtrack preview, available for first listen on NPR, also inspired a bit of hope for the film.

That said, reviews are beginning to surface across the internet and they seem to be more on the negative side of things. Most acknowledge the film as a visual spectacle, applauding its production quality and stylistic bombast, but finding it tonally flat and, in some cases, boring. Many claim it simply doesn't do the original story justice. That said, there are a handful of positive reviews. We've gone ahead and gathered a few positive reviews, a few negative reviews, and a few so-so reviews of The Great Gatsby for your consideration below.

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The Great Gatsby (2012) - Clip Who Is This Gatsby?

Loved It!

Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald

3 1/2 of 4 Stars
Excerpt: Given the director’s penchant for visual bombast and the superhero-sized budget at his disposal, it's also surprisingly satisfying (and text-faithful) as a dramatization of F. Scott’s Fitzgerald's classic novel — thanks to stellar work by Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role and Tobey Maguire as his neighbor and only true friend, Nick Carraway.

Richard Roeper Chicago Sun Times

3 1/2 of 4 Stars
Excerpt: Gatsby’s fatal flaw isn’t his grandiose plan. It’s that he never had considered the real-world consequences if the plan worked. This version of “The Great Gatsby” gets that.

Thought it was okay

Scott Foundas - Variety

No Stars Given
Excerpt: More often, Gatsby feels like a well-rehearsed classic in which the actors say their lines ably, but with no discernible feeling behind them.

Ben Kenigsberg - AV Club

C+
Excerpt: While it gets points for a Sunset Blvd. homage, even the finale goes soft. The movie leaves the sense that, like Gatsby himself, Luhrmann has bought the book without cutting the pages.

Hated It!

Rex Reed - New York Observer

No Stars Given
Excerpt: 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.

Peter Travers - Rolling Stone

1 of 4 Stars
Excerpt: Shush. Listen. That's F. Scott Fitzgerald turning in his grave.

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Joe Morgenstern - The Wall Street Journal

No Stars Given
Excerpt: Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" is a tale told idiotically, full of noise and furor, signifying next to nothing.

Richard Brody - The New Yorker

2 of 5 Stars
Excerpt: The movie conveys the sense of waste but not of what was wasted, of the superfluous but not of excess, and of the phony but not of the gloriously theatre of life. In its reductive way, it not only doesn’t display two opposed ideas; it offers no ideas at all.

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