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The Great Beauty


Paolo Sorrentino

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About the Movie

In this breathtaking, Oscar-winning journey to Rome, a reporter begins to take stock of his life on his sixty-fifth birthday, looking past the lavish nightclubs, parties, and cafés to find the city itself, in all its monumental glory. This transporting experience, created by the brilliant Italian director Paolo Sorrentino, is a breathtaking Felliniesque tale of decadence and lost love.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 113
  • Fresh: 103
  • Rotten: 10
  • Average Rating: 7.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: "The Great Beauty" is drop-dead gorgeous, a film that is luxuriously, seductively, stunningly cinematic. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Nov 26, 2013

Fresh: If the antics of the beau monde disgust or exhaust you, stay away from Sorrentino's film; look no further, on the other hand, if you wish to know whether, where, and in what guise the spirit of Fellini remains at work-and, better still, at play. – Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Nov 25, 2013

Fresh: It's a beauty, all right. It's more a style show than a deep philosophical treatise, but with surfaces this sleek and faces this interesting, I'll take style over substance any day. – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, Jan 2, 2014

Fresh: Celebrating Rome in all its decay, this florid comedy by Paolo Sorrentino (Il Divo, This Must Be the Place) opens with a hyperbolically gaudy party honoring a celebrity journalist on his 65th birthday. – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, Jan 30, 2014

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Customer Reviews


This movie is visually stunning, poignant, extremely intelligent and thoughtful. One moment you will be among the wealthy circles observing the painting of an angry artist, then you will be standing in the presence of a giraffe in the middle of Rome at a Magician's show. It will make you laugh, cry....dream but more importantly, think --about life.

Fellini without Fellini

LIke a long slow day and night at a museum that has nothing of interest to you.
Extraordinarily designed film, with no place to go but to predictability.

Decay of high society and corruption of beautiful youth by decades of excess.

We had La Doce Vita and Last Tango do this ennui and personal descent back to the ocean and into death by real masters of film. This isn't even a 21st century simile.

This hyped film is like the rice dish in one scene, rewarmed, but far less tasty. Risotto Malaise.

You wait for the genius, the nugget that would make this film sing, echo in your mind or vibrate as so many Italian films do.

When the female nude runs into the wall head first, you get the headache and it never leaves.

How do you have nudes that don't bring some joy to the screen?
Well the director has made it SLOW and BORING.

All dressed up and nothing to say, like so many of the characters.

Beautiful, albeit odd film

This is a hard movie to summarize. It is beautifully filmed, perfectly acted, and very odd at times. It really stayed with me and I will probably watch it again. I have the feeling they were trying to be artsy and vague, and that usually drives me crazy, but this film really pulls it off perfectly. If you don't like slow moving movies, you may get bored. I liked it more and more as the days past after I saw it. THAT is the sign of a good movie.

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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2013

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