Metascore
42

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 17
  2. Negative: 4 out of 17
  1. 70
    Cherot (who also co-wrote the script with Charles E. Drew Jr.) has made that rare hip-hop movie that doesn't fetishize lurid ghetto clich├ęs.
  2. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    70
    A handsome, compelling drama, about the African-American elite settling in the Hamptons, that more than stands on its own.
  3. Despite the updated setting and some on-the-money performances, the sleek if dramatically flimsy results make for a less than great "Gatsby."
  4. 50
    The problem with G is not merely that the ending doesn't work and feels hopelessly contrived. It's also that the plot adds too many unnecessary characters and subplots, so that the main line gets misplaced.
  5. 50
    A hip-hop reimagining of "The Great Gatsby" that fails both as an update of F. Scott Fitzgerald's dissection of American aspirations and class barriers and on its own boorish terms.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    50
    If the movie's not as bad as it sounds, it's not all that great, either.
  7. Unable to embrace the world he's seeking to depict, Cherot is left with a lifeless shell, a movie so preoccupied with being noble that it forgets to be interesting. The problem with G is not that it's unbelievable, it's just boring.
  8. Reviewed by: Gregory Kirschling
    50
    "The Great Gatsby" was famously bungled in the pulseless 1974 movie with Robert Redford. G, which updates the story with an African-American cast, is another strikeout, further destroying F. Scott Fitzgerald's film batting average.
  9. Seems like a dopey idea to me, but if you aren't familiar with the Fitzgerald novel, you may enjoy this; at least Jones and his costars play the story as if they believed in it.
  10. 40
    For a film about shimmering surfaces and the glittering allure of the superficial, G boasts a depressingly flat, undistinguished visual style, and whenever Bill Conti's score reaches for rarified, elegant romance, it instead suggests the dewy earnestness of a feminine hygiene commercial.
  11. Reviewed by: Pete L'Official
    40
    One 'hood-rich-meets-blue-blood-rich scene is employed as comedic throwaway; it's also the film's truest. The rest: treacly orchestral swells for the brooding, oh-so-familiar impresario, Summer G, and no green light but the one mistakenly given to start production.
  12. Reviewed by: Laura Kern
    40
    A somewhat faithful but not very graceful retelling of F. Scott Fitzgerald's elegant Jazz Age tragedy "The Great Gatsby."
  13. Cherot shot G on a tight schedule, but instead of this age-old indie predicament generating a certain scrappy passion, the film just looks cheap.
  14. It's an ugly affair overall, but at least you can say you've never seen such beautiful shirts.
  15. 30
    For anyone to enjoy this starchy, contrived exercise in vanity and product placement, it's best not to have read the book. In fact, it's best not to have read ANY book.
  16. 25
    This poorly acted, directed and written (but slick-looking) vanity project was produced by Andrew Lauren (Ralph's son also ineptly plays G's major-domo) and shot at least four years ago.
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User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. SanaaL.
    Dec 29, 2005
    10
    Great movie...I loved it!!! Can't wait till I can buy it for my collection.
  2. WilsonP.
    Nov 4, 2005
    4
    Slick looking movie but the acting and writing were not good. Too many subplots and characters took away from the main plot and characters.