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

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American Gigolo Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

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 Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: C+

June 30, 2011
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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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...

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

May 9, 2011

Film4

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

Full Review Source: Film4

May 9, 2011

TV Guide's Movie Guide

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 Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 9, 2011

Sky Movies

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

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 4/5

May 9, 2011
Variety Staff
Variety
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Schrader's third outing as a director is betrayed by a curious, uncharacteristic evasiveness at its core.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 26, 2009
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

Pure fantasy.

| Original Score: 4/5

May 24, 2008
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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It all becomes something of an academic, if entertaining, exercise that fails to stir the emotions.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 23, 2004
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Turn off the sound and just enjoy the visuals.

| Original Score: 4/5

October 2, 2004
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

Slick, empty and far from sensual

| Original Score: 2/5

July 9, 2004
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

American Gigolo explores the flashy career of a male hustler.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

January 29, 2004
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

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

July 25, 2003
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

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

February 27, 2001
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

| Original Score: 2/5

February 18, 2007
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

| Original Score: 3/5

April 4, 2006
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

| Original Score: 3/5

September 21, 2005
Michelle Alexandria
Eclipse Magazine

| Original Score: 3/5

January 3, 2005
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

| Original Score: 3/5

August 29, 2003
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

July 29, 2002
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