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Gigli (2003)

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6

Average Rating: 2.7/10
Reviews Counted: 171
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 160

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: 45
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 44

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
User Ratings: 44,873

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Movie Info

Larry Gigli (Ben Affleck) is a low-level Los Angeles mob enforcer. His volatile boss, Louis (Lenny Venito), hires Gigli to kidnap Brian (newcomer Justin Bartha), the mentally handicapped younger brother of a federal prosecutor who's about to bring Louis' boss to trial in New York. Gigli gets the kid home without a hitch. Then a beautiful woman (Jennifer Lopez) shows up at his door. She says her name is Ricki, and Gigli soon learns that the nervous Louis has hired her to keep an eye on him. "In

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Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance, Comedy

Martin Brest

Dec 9, 2003

$5.7M

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All Critics (172) | Top Critics (45) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (160) | DVD (21)

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
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
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 stars display zip chemistry, but seem to find themselves adorable. They're so taken with each other they don't need an audience.

August 19, 2003
Rolling Stone
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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

This is 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)
eFilmCritic.com

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
Bangitout.com

Apart from the notoriety of their relationship, there isn't much else going for this movie.

September 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

I can't say that I enjoyed watching Gigli but it certainly was an instructive lesson in how good ideas can go horribly wrong.

March 5, 2005 Full Review Source: NYC Film Critic
NYC Film Critic

Famous rich people can't just go to Glamour Shots to satisfy their appetites for amour-propre...

January 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez ... each spend several shocking minutes expounding upon the wonders of their own nether regions.

September 20, 2004
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

Audience Reviews for Gigli

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

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Ridiculous in its premise, vomit inducing in its sentimentality and everyone involved should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves. It's like the screen plays for Chasing Amy and Midnight Run we're spliced together by someone on Ketamine.
December 4, 2010
kenstachnik

Super Reviewer

    1. Ricki: It's turkey time.
    – Submitted by Nathan L (2 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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