Fading Gigolo

2014

Fading Gigolo

Critics Consensus

Admittedly vulgar and ludicrous, Fading Gigolo gets a decent amount of mileage out of the entertaining chemistry between its starring duo.

54%

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Total Count: 142

41%

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User Ratings: 7,113
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Fioravante decides to become a professional Don Juan as a way of making money to help his cash-strapped friend, Murray. With Murray acting as his "manager", the duo quickly finds themselves caught up in the crosscurrents of love and money. (C) Milennium

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Critic Reviews for Fading Gigolo

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  • The script rings false from the off.

    May 23, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The preposterousness of this plot marks Fading Gigolo as a vanity project, but it's hard to take Turturro too much to task when he hits so many other grace notes in between blowing his own horn.

    May 23, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It's relaxed, amusing and warm, but nothing rings true.

    May 22, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Steve Rose

    Guardian
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  • The premise is preposterous and many of the gags are tasteless, yet the tone is gentle, even elegiac, and the players are surprisingly sensitive.

    May 22, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The great John Turturro comes a-cropper in this tin-eared comedy of male sexual mores.

    May 22, 2014 | Rating: 1/5
  • A story that pretends to be about sex but is actually focused on revealing the true nature of intimacy.

    May 22, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Fading Gigolo

  • Dec 29, 2014
    John Turturro writes, directs, and stars in the indie comedy Fading Gigolo. After receiving an unusual proposal, a financially struggling man gets talked into becoming a gigolo. Co-starring Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, and Vanessa Paradis, the casting is pretty good; as are their performances. Yet the story is rather pointless, and the characters aren't developed that much. There are some nice bits of comedy and a few poignant dramatic moments, but none of it's followed through on. Though Fading Gigolo tries to say something about human connection, the message is muddled and gets lost in the monotonous storytelling.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 10, 2014
    Despite its good moments - and there really are a handful of them, largely thanks to the presence of Woody Allen -, this average comedy is so harmless in many ways that even its sweet message about loneliness and connection gets diluted by how perfunctory the plot is.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 23, 2014
    I really enjoyed this comedy directed, written by and starring John Turturro, co-starring Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Sofia Vergara, Vanessa Paradis, and Liev Schreiber. I really have no explanation why it failed at the box office and received mixed reviews from critics. I really thought at some stage that this was Woody Allen's movie, because the story was just crazy enough to hve his stamp! Dr. Parker (Sharon Stone), a wealthy dermatologist, mentions to her patient Murray (Woody Allen) that she and a woman friend (Sofía Vergara) wish to experience a ménage à trois and asks if he knows a willing man. Of course Murray, who is Jewish, and whose used bookstore has failed, wants to take an advantage of this situation and he convinces his friend and former employee Fioravante (John Turturro) to take the gig, as both are short of money... Very light story actually had lots of substance under the surface, and Turturro really shows us a great skill to take stereotypical characters and to portray them in an offbeat and surprising way! I could not believe how funny those offbeat ways could be, and uniquely enjoyable at the same time. Refreshingly different but still comfortably familiar with Woody Allen giving one of his better performances! Enjoy the sweetness and its silliness.
    Panta O Super Reviewer
  • Aug 23, 2014
    A wonderfully compelling an enjoyable comedy with a great cast. John Turturro truly embraces his material he conceived with a heartfelt performance and solid direction. Woody Allen is excellent.
    Al S Super Reviewer

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