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      The Great Beauty

      2013 2h 22m Comedy Drama List
      91% Tomatometer 135 Reviews 81% Audience Score 10,000+ Ratings An aging writer bitterly recollects his passionate youth. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Dazzlingly ambitious, beautifully filmed, and thoroughly enthralling, The Great Beauty offers virtuoso filmmaking from writer/director Paolo Sorrentino.

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      Larushka Ivan-Zadeh Sorrentino's heady, vivid yet wearily melancholic musing on midlife crisis submerges you in sumptuousness until you emerge, blinking, as if from some impossibly glamorous party. Rated: 5/5 Sep 5, 2017 Full Review Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle Wild set-pieces and rueful observations are the stock in trade of this Italian film by one of the modern masters of cinema, Paolo Sorrentino. Rated: 3.5/5 Feb 13, 2014 Full Review Jonathan Romney Film Comment Magazine I can't remember when a film last gave me such a surge of pure pleasure -- no, outright euphoria -- as The Great Beauty. Feb 6, 2014 Full Review Sergi Sánchez Fotogramas It would be a disservice to consider this generous film a mere homage. [Full review in Spanish] Rated: 5/5 Jul 18, 2022 Full Review Dustin Chang Floating World If the film is a reflection of the Bellusconi bunga-bunga era and its hollowness, that's fine too. It still retains that melancholy and sadness and silence and thoughtfulness against that super stylized, slick, camera moves and gyrating, young bodies. Feb 22, 2021 Full Review Jordan M. Smith The Great Beauty is a cinematic marvel that playfully asks what we find truly joyous in life and questions their validity with a sardonic over exuberance. Nov 4, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Joshua W What a bizarre, yet epic, visit to Rome! View Gatsby-esque party scenes and beautiful, careful camera-work. The main character does soul searching, and reality does, on occasion, slip into surreality. I can not say that I understand exactly what this film is trying to get at. But the ride it takes the viewer on is, as stated above, epic. Find out why it won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film of the Year. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 04/01/24 Full Review Jaggy G Beautifully filmed. Pure indulgence one moment, and painfully beautiful, thoughtful and melancholy the next. Great writing. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 09/01/23 Full Review Fred S Emotional and dramatic film who makes you think about life and the worth and the beauty in the small things. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review dave s Jep (Toni Servillo) is a man suffering from a late-life crisis, a journalist and socialite who has spent forty years basking in the success of his only novel, an acclaimed work that has forged his reputation. Paolo Sorrentino's The Great Beauty is the story of a man looking back on his life, the moments that defined that life and the people who shaped it, and wondering what could have been done differently. It is stunningly shot (the opening montage is beautiful), intelligently written, and well-acted throughout. There are a lot of characters to keep track of, but those who are willing to stick it out to the end will be rewarded with a thought-provoking movie experience. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review marc w It is pretty hard to find out what this movie is about, if you don't read about it first - which is not good - but it is very entertaining. Rome is of course the greatest backdrop you can have for a movie. The soundtrack is pretty deviant too, I mean, Arvo Pärt in a soundtrack! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Simon F La Dolce Vita of our times. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/15/22 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Movie Info

      Synopsis An aging writer bitterly recollects his passionate youth.
      Paolo Sorrentino
      Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima
      Paolo Sorrentino, Umberto Contarello
      Production Co
      France 2 Cinéma, Indigo Films, Pathé Productions Inc., Babe Films, Medusa Film
      Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      Release Date (Streaming)
      May 21, 2015
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      2h 22m
      Aspect Ratio
      Scope (2.35:1)
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