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Critics have whacked Gotti, the new mob movie starring John Travolta as the Teflon Don. 45 producers (!) struggled for almost a decade to bring this biopic to the big screen. Perhaps they should’ve waited a little bit longer – Gotti reviews have earned the movie a rare 0% on Rotten Tomatoes.
The long, strange saga of John Travolta’s Gotti is at an end, and all it has to show for its troubles is a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film, which was primarily spearheaded by John Gotti Jr., son of the late John Gotti, former boss of Gambino crime family, had a very bumpy road to the big screen.
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The rights to the film were purchased from Gotti Jr. in 2010. At the time, Barry Levinson, director of Bugsy, Wag the Dog and other films, was attached to helm. Names like Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and (surprisingly) Lindsay Lohan were thrown around as potential cast members, but Levinson, Pacino, Pesci and Lohan all departed eventually. Kevin Connolly, AKA E from the HBO show Entourage, ended up directing the film, with a cast that includes Kelly Preston, Stacy Keach, and Pruitt Taylor Vince, all orbiting around Travolta’s larger-than-life take on the crime boss.
Gotti was originally set for a December 2017 release through Lionsgate films. But the studio sold Gotti back to the producers, postponing the release. Now, Vertical Entertainment have released Gotti in 503 theaters this weekend. Critics are less-than-thrilled, as the film’s 0% RT score proves. Here’s a sampling of what critics are saying.
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The New York Times declares:
“That the long-gestating crime drama “Gotti” is a dismal mess comes as no surprise. What does shock is just how multifaceted a dismal mess it is.
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Let’s start at the beginning when the title character, based on the real-life New York mobster who died...
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