Reviews: The Great Beauty (2013)

great_beautyReviews for this film from our members:

  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: Il nuovo film di Paolo Sorrentino e’ il racconto travolgente, generoso, feroce di una citta’ e di un Paese, devastati dalla superficialita’, dallo spreco, da un continuo stillicidio del proprio talento.
  • Chris Barsanti @ PopMatters
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Sorrentino is an exceptional visual stylist and the imagery within this film is startling…
  • Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Un Fellini sin Fellini: una cosa es homenajear y otra imitar.
  • Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films
    • Excerpt: This sprawling film’s story seems fairly confined, but its real character is epic in scope, a Lawrence of Arabia focused on the whole of Italian culture from the Roman Empire to the 1960s heydays of Italian cinema.
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: An elegant, existentially enigmatic meditation on opulence and decadence.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: You’re meant to hang on Jep’s every word, but he’s a bit self involved. Occasionally he says something great.
  • Carson Lund @ In Review Online
    • Excerpt: The film’s timeline is ostensibly linear, but there is little logical connective tissue bridging scenes; Jep simply wanders around the city, parties, chats with his dwarfish editor, shares argumentative cocktail nights with colleagues, parties, attends bizarre performance art, parties, and catches up with old friends. A considerable portion of the film takes place at night, intensifying a feeling of dream-induced ellipses already aroused by Sorrentino’s seemingly weightless, constantly floating camera.
  • Marty Mapes @ Movie Habit
    • Excerpt: Frenetic portrait of Rome’s elite recalls La Dolce Vita and Ulysses
  • Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge
    • Excerpt: If Il divo is Sorrentino’s Goodfellas, then The Great Beauty is very obviously – too obviously – Sorrentino’s La dolce vita. Quirky and cinematic but empty.
  • [New – 2/27/14] | Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: Is ‘The Great Beauty’ the best Fellini film that Fellini never made?
  • Jonathan Richards @
    • Excerpt: Paolo Sorrentino’s (Il Divo) breathtaking excursion through Roman high life is a sad, funny, sexy, heartbreaking, and exquisite look at a society dancing as fast as it can to keep up with a past that can’t be caught or even quite remembered.
  • Don Simpson @ Smells Like Screen Spirit
    • Excerpt: The epically sprawling narrative seems just as self-absorbed as the social elite that it follows; the seemingly random transitions from scene to scene and the exquisitely drifting camera movements give the allusion of a surrealist fantasy absorbed via a third person omnipotent perspective, and a near-Proustian mastery of the narrative form repeatedly renews our confidence that Sorrentino knows precisely what he is doing.
  • Cole Smithey @
    • Excerpt: A virtuosic cinematic achievement of epic proportions, Paolo Sorrentino’s formalized comment on modern-day Rome is a visual and satirical feast.
  • Ron Wilkinson @
    • Excerpt: Leave your iPhone at home for this one or you will buy a plane ticket to Rome before you can escape the theatre.

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