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Gigli (2003)

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6

Average Rating: 2.7/10
Reviews Counted: 177
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 166

Bizarre and clumsily plotted, Gigli is a mess. As for its stars, Affleck and Lopez lack chemistry.

2

Average Rating: 2.5/10
Critic Reviews: 47
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 46

Bizarre and clumsily plotted, Gigli is a mess. As for its stars, Affleck and Lopez lack chemistry.

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Average Rating: 1.6/5
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Movie Info

Larry Gigli, a lowly hit man in Los Angeles, who is looking to finally score big, lands the perfect "job"--or so he thinks. He is assigned to kidnap Brian, the psychologically challenged younger brother of a powerful federal prosecutor, in order to save his mobster boss from incarceration. Holed-up in his one-bedroom apartment with his kidnap victim Brian, Gigli starts to realize that what he thought would be a routine assignment has become a daunting and unwieldy task. Ricki, a beautiful,

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Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance, Comedy

Martin Brest

Dec 9, 2003

$5.7M

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All Critics (177) | Top Critics (47) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (166) | DVD (21)

After the schadenfreudian thrill of watching beautiful people humiliate themselves wears off, it has the same annihilating effect on your will to live.

June 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Newsweek
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More stupefying follies may come, but it's impossible to imagine how they'll beat this one for staggering idiocy, fatuousness or pretension.

June 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
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Every bit as unwatchable as the deafening negative chatter would suggest.

June 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Associated Press
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It's hard to tell who this movie was intended for: those who think that a mentally challenged boy singing dirty rap lyrics is cute and funny? Those who find Ben Affleck's brow to be ineffably mysterious? Students of Stoic philosophy looking for a test?

June 5, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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Brief but flamboyant cameos by Christopher Walken and Al Pacino helped keep me distracted from the noble intentions and the silliness.

March 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Mitigating factors: a carefully curated sampling of J-Lo butt cleavage, and an arrhythmic Christopher Walken cameo which momentarily diverts the doomed ship from collision with the iceberg.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The two stars may be in love in real life, but they've managed to keep that chemistry well-hidden on screen.

June 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Florida Times-Union
Florida Times-Union

It comes to something when a movie is only worth watching to validate just how dreadful it is.

June 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

This misguided romantic comedy goes wrong so often and in such profoundly lunkheaded ways that to say it stinks would be bordering on polite understatement.

June 17, 2014 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

Nothing in Gigli is sustained, from pace to plot points to character functions. It appears to have been chopped up and put back together again more than once.

June 17, 2014 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Here is a film that exists on another plane. It is so insane, so misguided, so Dadaesque, so Kafkaesque, you'll think I'm exaggerating. I'm not.

June 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Toledo Blade
Toledo Blade

[A] hopelessly scatterbrained romantic comedy.

June 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Not only is it a total botch, it's also an unrelentingly boring botch, meaning it doesn't even fit into the "so bad it's hilarious" category alongside Showgirls and Battlefield Earth.

June 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Excruciating.

June 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

Misbegotten mess of a not family-friendly movie.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

No, it's not the worst film ever made, but it is a sickening exercise in smugness and self-love.

July 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Writer/director Martin Brest ("Scent of a Woman") combines romance, comedy, and crime in a movie that will forever be blamed for bringing together Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez.

May 26, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

It's a derivative, cliché awful film...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

I can't call Gigli a misunderstood masterwork, but I'm not ashamed to say I enjoyed it.

February 14, 2008 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Comments (5)
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Torture. Impossible to imagine how it could've been worse.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Gigli isn't the equivalent of cracking a whippit, but it is irredeemably flawed

March 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Bangitout.com
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Audience Reviews for Gigli

Life doesn't play by the rules.

Mediocre movie! Overall this is not the `worst film ever made', those who tell you that have clearly have a limited viewing experience; many of the reviews were made harsher by the back lash against the whole Bennifer thing. However that's not to say they are wrong - only overly harsh. The film is poorly judged in almost every aspect and is too hard to enjoy as a result. Has about 3 good moments in it, but it is an overwhelming shambles.

Gigli, a lowly and inept hitman, is assigned a job by the mob to kidnap a mentally retarded brother of a California district attorney. Gigli abducts the brother from his mental hospital and holds him hostage in his apartment. Ricki, a "lesbian assassin", is sent to oversee Gigli's job and make sure he doesn't screw it up. Comedic high jinks ensue as the two go on the lam and start to fall in love.
July 20, 2014
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Manu Gino

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When Conan O'Brien just has to say the name of your movie to get a big laugh in his opening monologue every night for two months, you know you've screwed up. It was for that exact reason that I set out to watch this flop for the first time since it came out, ten long years ago, and it was so much worse than I could have expected. Usually films that are bad, and feature big stars, at least have a gimmick, maybe some off-color jokes, or have a bloated budget, but there's no reason for this unmitigated tripe. There is no budget, the script is atrocious, and the characters are either one sided, conceited, or plain dumb. The premise alone is staggeringly awful: a very low level mobster (Ben Affleck a gangster? Really?) has to kidnap the brother of a federal prosecutor, who happens to be mentally challenged. That alone should stop you if you are reading the script. He does so with minimal effort, which is strange, because you would think there would be a lot of security for someone so vulnerable. Then waltzes in the other lead, Jennifer Lopez, as a hired gun, who happens to be a lesbian. I will say that at least they represent her as someone who deals with the traps and tribulations of relationships and comes out the other side the same as any hetero, when speaking about her relationship with another woman. Still, her sexuality, which is dealt with right off the bat, is pivoted once she starts hanging around Affleck's character. The mentally challenged character is also handled poorly, as he oftentimes rings his hands wildly and asks to go meet girls at the "Baywatch" time and again. Justin Bartha is in this role, and it baffles me that it doesn't follow him around the same way the others have suffered for this flop. There are some brief cameos from Christopher Walken and Al Pacino that are twenty times more entertaining, but most of this film concerns this strange love story between the goon and the lesbian. They barely leave the apartment, talk to anyone, or do much of anything (if cutting a dead guy's thumb off doesn't count). Most of that doesn't even matter, because the background score for this film is so loud and obnoxious you can't hear the actor's voices over it, which makes this feel as cheap and sleazy as the rest of the movie. It's so pathetically contrived and icky at all times, and not one person can justify to me why this film needed to be made.
June 28, 2013
FrizzDrop

Super Reviewer

OMG! It's like watching a train wreck (without the dead people). Sadly, I can't say there are no injuries -- at least as far as public respect might go. I thought this was so bad that on reflection, it became funny. Think "funny" in the sense that "The Room" is funny for all its delicious incompetence. This movie is a must-see for anyone into truly bad cinema -- but if you're looking for simple entertainment or nonvegitative stimulation, this film ain't for you.
April 4, 2013
cchclaw

Super Reviewer

    1. Larry Gigli: In every relationship there's a bull and a cow, and it just so happens that in this relationship I'm the bull and you're the cow! bull! cow!
    – Submitted by Patrick V (4 months ago)
    1. Ricki: It's turkey time.
    – Submitted by Nathan L (3 years ago)
    1. Det. Stanley Jacobellis: Man, you know what I'd love to do, right now? Go down to Marie Callender's, get me a big bowl, pie, some ice cream on it, mmm-hmm good! Put some on your head! Your tongue would slap your brains out trying to get to it! INTERESTED? SURE?
    – Submitted by David P (3 years ago)
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