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'The Great Gatsby' Reviews: Baz Luhrmann's Film Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Receives Mixed Reviews

07/05/2013 17:13 BST

Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald's classic American novel 'The Great Gatsby' has received mixed reactions from critics in the US.

The film, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan, will open Cannes Film Festival on 15 May, however, some reviewers have already had a chance to view it Stateside.

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Since as far back as 1926, just a year after the book was published, Hollywood has been trying to capture and project Gatsby onto the silver screen.

The last effort, apart from a TV film, in 1974 featured Robert Redford and Mia Farrow - it flopped at the box office with a paltry $20.6 million in sales.

Can the man who brought us the visual spectacle that was 'Moulin Rouge' do any better?

Here's what the US critics have had to say about one of the most anticipated films of 2013...

The Hollywood Reporter wrote: "No matter how frenzied and elaborate and sometimes distracting [Luhrmann's] technique may be, Luhrmann's personal connection and commitment to the material remains palpable, which makes for a film that, most of the time, feels vibrantly alive while remaining quite faithful to the spirit, if not the letter or the tone, of its source."

Also highlighting the pomp of the film, Indiewire said: "The Great Gatsby is a guilty pleasure, a swirling, audacious piece of cinema - in 3-D! -that could prove a crowdpleaser for young audiences."

Not all notices have been glowing, however. Variety concurred: "It comes as little surprise that the Aussie auteur behind the gaudy, more-is-more spectacles Moulin Rouge and Australia has delivered a Gatsby less in the spirit of F Scott Fitzgerald's novel than in that of its eponymous antihero - a man who believes bejewelled excess will help him win the heart of the one thing his money can't buy."

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"The Great Gatsby is an immortal American tragedy, but the story's impact gets completely buried in Luhrmann's flash and dazzle," wrote The Wrap, also hinting that this film may have more style than substance.

However, none of these reactions are as depressing as the fact almost half (43 percent) of British people surveyed for an Odeon study weren’t aware 'The Great Gatsby' was originally a novel...

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