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Generally favorable reviews- based on 90 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 77 out of 90
  2. Negative: 7 out of 90

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  1. Mar 5, 2014
    I'm Italian and I keep wondering how this film can get an Oscar. The social portrait that I saw in the first 30 min. it do not represent the Italian way of life: I feel quite disturbed from the decadence of almost all characters. I do not even understand all dialogues since part of them are spoken in dialect. I couldn't bear more than 30 minutes of the film because it seem more the auto absolution of the class that caused the greatest part of troubles in our country. Expand
  2. Mar 17, 2014
    I have only walked out on a movie twice. This was the second time. Pretentious, obnoxious, and boring. p.s., It had nothing to say.. Even Rome didn’t look as beautiful as it really is.
  3. Jul 9, 2014
    The movie teaches us two important life lessons and then demonstrates that the viewer who watched this film to the end failed to grasp them. At one point the main hero states that by the age of 75 he has learned not to waste time on something he doesn't like. I've made this mistake by watching this whole boring movie. And the second lesson is that hard work and sacrifice does not necessarily lead to anything meaningful in the end. Such is demonstrated by the unsatisfying movie culmination of pure gibberish, contrary to what we hoped for, considering it got an Oscar. The reason that this review gives this movie 2, not 1 or 0 is that the picture has a number of pleasing scenes (although some gross ones as well) and that the greatest beauty is indeed revealed in the end, although trivial, but nevertheless true. The greatest beauty is **** Expand

Universal acclaim - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Geoff Pevere
    Jan 31, 2014
    An utterly ravishing portrait of listless luxuriance, a fantasy of decadent wealth and beauty.
  2. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Jan 30, 2014
    The pointlessness of Jep's journey is Sorrentino's point, richly made.
  3. Reviewed by: Barbara VanDenburgh
    Dec 13, 2013
    It’s a Fellini-esque carnival of humanity on display, a more debauched phantasmagoria reminiscent of “La Dolce Vita.” But “La Dolce Vita” created the paparazzi; The Great Beauty takes place in a world where the paparazzi have existed for decades.