Box art for The Great Gatsby (1974)

The Great Gatsby (1974)

drama, romance

Robert Redford stars as self-made millionaire Jay Gatsby, who uses his vast (and implicitly ill-gotten) fortune to buy his way into Long Island society.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 13
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
3 out of 5
1 out of 5
2 out of 5
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5

'70s adaptation is visually stunning, emotionally distant.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel is quieter and less splashy than the more recent offering starring Leonardo DiCaprio, and it's also more emotionally distant. There are a few instances of violence that show blood, including a lot of blood spreading in water; a character is briefly shown starting to suck on very bloody fingers; and a man hits a woman, giving her a bloody nose. Sexual content involves mostly unspoken dynamics in adulterous relationships, but characters kiss in several scenes, sometimes passionately but without tongue. Profanity is infrequent and mild, with a few "damns" here and there, but young kids graffiti the word "s--t" onto a bench.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about trying to relive past, better times. Do you agree with Nick that you can't repeat the past, or with Gatsby, who says you can? Why?
  • Have you read the novel or seen other filmed versions of The Great Gatsby? Which version do you like the best? Why?
  • If you've read the novel, do you think this movie version is true to it? What things got left out or changed?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Too slow, too dull. Redford lacked the danger of Fitzgerald's creation.

- Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN), Thursday, June 24, 2010


- Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: One of Redford's best

- Clint Morris, Moviehole, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Great book crumy movie, they completely missed the plot. Redford was good though, as always.

- smith44, Sunday, April 4, 2010

3 stars

Well appointed but ponderous version of classic tale. Redford and Farrow fit their parts well physically but lack chemistry, the sets are gorgeous but the film just sort of chugs along keeping its distance from the audience so when tradegy occurs its at a remove. Sam Waterson turns in a fine performance as tha narrator.

- jjnxn, Sunday, August 2, 2009

3 stars

I remember reading this book for my English class junior year, it wasn't so bad. We also had to watch the movie afterwards, which I enjoyed.

- LitelBluHli, Thursday, March 26, 2009