Great Beauty, The

Lists: Drama, Independent Film Award Nominees - BIFA, Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film Winners

Brief Synopsis: "Aristocratic ladies, social climbers, politicians, high-flying criminals, journalists, actors, decadent nobles, prelates, artists and intellectuals - whether authentic or presumed - form the tissue of these flaky relationships, all engulfed in a desperate Babylon which plays out in the antique palaces, immense villas and most beautiful terraces in the city? They are all there, and they are not seen in a good light? Jep Gambardella, 65, indolent and disenchanted, his eyes permanently imbued with gin and tonic, watches this parade of hollow, doomed, powerful yet depressed humanity. A moral lifelessness enough to make one’s head spin? And in the background, Rome in summer. Splendid and indifferent, like a dead diva?"

Overall Ranking: 591 (Rank from 2013: # 23)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 50%
Regular 37.5%
Half-Popped 12.5%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
Greg of Klymkiw Film Corner97(full review)
Fr Dennis97(full review)
Sober Film Critic James Brown88(full review)
Silver Screen Riot Matt Oakes85(full review)
Thomas Pollock80
David Baruffi80(full review)
Mesh The Movie Freak75(full review)
Fast Film Reviews Mark Hobin61(full review)

People Involved

  • Toni Servillo (Jep Gambardella)
  • Carlo Verdone ()
  • Sabrina Ferilli (Ramona)
  • Carlo Buccirosso ()
  • Iaia Forte ()
  • Paolo Sorrentino (Director)