• R, 1 hr. 56 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:    Paul Schrader
  • In Theaters:    Feb 1, 1980 Wide
  • On DVD:    May 23, 2000
  • Paramount Home Video

American Gigolo Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 30, 2011

Stylish but emotionally hollow, Paul Schrader's morality tale of a callboy (played by Richard Gere), offers some visual pleasures, including Armani's slick wardrobe.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
Top Critic
May 9, 2011

Schrader's development of the frame-up story is mechanically melodramatic, and Gere, essentially a boring actor, doesn't help much either. He just cannot carry a picture, even when his passivity and gentleness well serve some aspects of his character...


Film4
May 9, 2011

Schrader manages to underline the glamour of the protagonist's profession while at the same time illustrating its seedy underside.


TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 9, 2011

The story becomes increasingly implausible as its thriller elements kick in, but the moving last shot achieves a sense of spiritual transcendence and grace rare in American movies.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

Sky Movies
May 9, 2011

Although the film rather loses its grip in the last two reels, this is, on the whole, an impressive piece of work.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Variety Staff
Variety
Top Critic
March 26, 2009

Schrader's third outing as a director is betrayed by a curious, uncharacteristic evasiveness at its core.

Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
May 24, 2008

Pure fantasy.

| Original Score: 4/5
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
Top Critic
June 24, 2006

It all becomes something of an academic, if entertaining, exercise that fails to stir the emotions.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
October 23, 2004

The whole movie has a winning sadness about it; take away the story's sensational aspects and what you have is a study in loneliness.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
October 2, 2004

Turn off the sound and just enjoy the visuals.

| Original Score: 4/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 9, 2004

Slick, empty and far from sensual

| Original Score: 2/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 29, 2004

American Gigolo explores the flashy career of a male hustler.

Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
July 25, 2003

A trama policial é fraquíssima, e nem Schrader (também roteirista) sabe como lidar com ela, já que o ato final da história abusa de cenas episódicas em fade, só para amarrar o desfecho.

| Original Score: 3/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001

While certainly not Schrader's best film as either a writer or director, it is still an interesting signpost of the early 1980s

| Original Score: 3/4
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
February 18, 2007

| Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
April 4, 2006

| Original Score: 3/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
September 21, 2005

| Original Score: 3/5
Michelle Alexandria
Eclipse Magazine
January 3, 2005

| Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 29, 2003

| Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 29, 2002

| Original Score: 3/5
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