Gigli Reviews

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Joel Siegel
Good Morning America
June 22, 2015
To qualify as a historic failure, a film needs a measure of pretension and all Gigli ever wanted to be was a romantic comedy. What it is is a dreadful romantic comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Jeff Giles
Newsweek
June 17, 2014
After the schadenfreudian thrill of watching beautiful people humiliate themselves wears off, it has the same annihilating effect on your will to live.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 5, 2013
More stupefying follies may come, but it's impossible to imagine how they'll beat this one for staggering idiocy, fatuousness or pretension.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
June 5, 2013
Every bit as unwatchable as the deafening negative chatter would suggest.
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Michael Agger
New Yorker
June 5, 2013
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?
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 6, 2007
Brief but flamboyant cameos by Christopher Walken and Al Pacino helped keep me distracted from the noble intentions and the silliness.
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Jessica Winter
Time Out
February 9, 2006
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.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 19, 2003
The stars display zip chemistry, but seem to find themselves adorable. They're so taken with each other they don't need an audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
August 15, 2003
Shapeless and without a shred of originality, the movie mimics and copies pieces of a number of old movies, all superior in every way.
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August 9, 2003
The movie is bafflingly boring and ridiculous.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
August 6, 2003
Brest would have to go back to his outline to repair this lemon and give America something akin to what it's told it really wants -- a helping of Lopez-Affleck home movies.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 4, 2003
[O]ne of the worst movies I've ever seen.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 3, 2003
This isn't a good film, but, when set alongside the likes of Dumb and Dumberer and Legally Blonde 2, Jen & Ben offer less pain.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Dawes
Variety
August 1, 2003
An enjoyably written and performed romantic comedy.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
August 1, 2003
It is an exquisitely bad movie: One to be savoured, marvelled over, shared with friends and generally appreciated in a state of awestruck wonder. Gourmet fromage.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Emily Russin
Seattle Times
August 1, 2003
Falls somewhere between horrible and laughably awful.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 1, 2003
The most thoroughly joyless and inept film of the year, and one of the worst of the decade.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 1, 2003
It's a catastrophic miscalculation of tone, a comatose comedy about mental illness, contract killers and corpse desecration.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 1, 2003
Such an utter wreck of a movie you expect to see it lying on its side somewhere in rural Pennsylvania, with a small gang of engineers circling and a wisp of smoke rising from the caboose.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
August 1, 2003
An inept attempt to do Elmore Leonard by Martin Brest, a filmmaker whose coarse sensibility makes him catastrophically unqualified to the task.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
August 1, 2003
Rarely has a movie that doesn't star Madonna achieved such a skin-crawling mixture of deluded preening and bungled humour.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 1, 2003
Its awkward Rain Man- meets-gangsters- in-love plot lurches forward with such clumsiness it's hard to believe writer/director Martin Brest avoided seeing this thing flushed direct-to-video.
| Original Score: D
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 1, 2003
An overlong, joyless, and inconsequential affair, full of dead air, and possessing only a few moments of jaw-dropping bad taste.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 1, 2003
Gigli makes a bid for that rare honor: The movie so bad it's good. It falls short.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
August 1, 2003
Ach. Oy. Woe and poo, bleccch and uck! ZZZZZ-zzz.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 1, 2003
I wonder what would happen if you sweated 15 minutes out of this movie. Maybe it would work. The materials are there.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
August 1, 2003
Guys, I'm telling you: Don't go to this movie! It's Chasing Amy with guns! You're walking into a trap!
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
July 31, 2003
The movie tries too hard to be edgy, to work as a sweet romance, yet lacks the courage to push as hard as it needs to.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 31, 2003
What emerges is desperate -- and occasionally offensive -- salaciousness merged with corny, predictable jokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
July 31, 2003
Nothing in the movie is funny -- aside from giggles provoked by misfired jokes -- or romantic or dramatic.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 31, 2003
[A] hopelessly misconceived exercise in celebrity self-worship.
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
July 31, 2003
There's virtually no story, no conflict, no tension and no suspense, just the endless droning of the worst dialogue written in recent memory.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
July 31, 2003
Once you get past the staggering question of who gave this thing the green light, Gigli actually turns into a uniquely bad movie that yields real (albeit unintentional) laughter.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
July 31, 2003
Nearly as unwatchable as it is unpronounceable.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
July 31, 2003
Brest freights his actors with leaden pacing and a theatrical gangster-speak somewhere to the left of Damon Runyon and the right of Elmore Leonard.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
July 31, 2003
A rigli, rigli bad movie.
| Original Score: 0.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 31, 2003
A torpid dud starring the cuddly celebrity twosome of the moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 31, 2003
It's the sort of bizarre, ill-conceived picture you can't believe exists, but are secretly glad it does.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 31, 2003
A film that begins badly and gets worse and worse, like someone who has been knocked unconscious in an accident and then bleeds to death because he gets no attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
July 31, 2003
There are so many bad moments in Gigli, it's a shame to single out only a few.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 31, 2003
A perfect storm of cinematic awfulness.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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July 31, 2003
A huge waste of celluloid.
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
July 31, 2003
Put together enough pointless, random details, and you get Gigli, a movie that's less incompetent than bewildering.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 31, 2003
It's the stuff Mystery Science Theater 3000s are made of.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
July 30, 2003
Formless windbag of a romantic comedy with bits of gangster flick stuck to the edges.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
July 30, 2003
Neither a loud, bloody cameo from Al Pacino nor the obviously tacked-on ending come close to redeeming the tedium, and the unfulfilled promise of a second scene from Walken doesn't help.
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
July 30, 2003
A character-driven piece, pitched awkwardly between comedy and drama.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 30, 2003
We could almost be watching staged rehearsals for an '80s cliché-fest.
Full Review | Original Score: C+