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American Gigolo

drama, romance


A slick Los Angeles callboy finds love and redemption in Paul Schrader's ultra-stylish drama. High-living prostitute Julian Kay (Richard Gere, stepping in for John Travolta) has it all: the Mercedes, the clothes, access to Beverly Hills...

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    67%
  • Audience Score
    51%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    67%
    reviews counted: 11
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  • Audience

    51%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh:

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

Fresh: Pure fantasy.

- Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh:

- Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Paul Schrader's homage to Bresson's Pickpocket proves three things: 1) Being a good screenwriter doesn't automatically make you a good director. 2) Hector Elizondo was bald even when he was young. 3) Richard Gere cannot carry a film to save his life.

- JonathanHutchings, Wednesday, February 8, 2012

4 stars

I think that American Gigalo is an underrated movie to say the least. Most people who do admit to being a fan of it say that it's just because they like Richard Gere in anything. Not only do I think this is a whole-heartedly good movie, it's way more conscious of its time period and atmosphere than pretty much everything else that it was released against. Sure we have some great criticisms of the 80s, made a full decade later. This judges contemporary lifestyles and even narrative expectations. It doesn't hurt that American Gigalo is a beautiful movie to look at; it makes all the content so much more digestible and even backs up the argument. This shows beautiful people doing bizarre things, having a shady moral code and getting away with murder (practically).

- ythelastman89, Saturday, April 16, 2011

3 stars

First of all, excellent cinematography and cool music (it was all based on Blondie's song call me). What I didn't like was the cast, they weren't that great, especially Gere. The best part was the end. Overall, it's a pretty good drama, but it really could have been better.

- ajv2688, Wednesday, March 23, 2011