Spread

2009

Spread

Critics Consensus

Despite occasional detours into surprisingly dark territory, Spread overall is an ineffectual celebration of vacuous Los Angeles high life rather than a deconstruction of it.

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A modern tale of morality, director David Mackenzie's stylish sex comedy centers on the exploits of a Los Angeles gigolo working his way to infamy one mattress at a time. Nicki (Ashton Kutcher) is the epitome of big-city sexuality. Terminally hip and always fashionable, he's a sexual grifter who operates by his own set of rules. But in Nicki's world of money, power, and fame, true stardom is fleeting. As Nicki climbs the ladder of conquest and begins focusing his attentions on an older, well-to-do client (Anne Heche), a strange thing happens -- he begins developing actual feelings for a pretty young waitress. Little does Nicki realize that he's about to fall victim to his own seductive game.

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Critic Reviews for Spread

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (48)

  • Shallow, melodramatic, pretentious and wildly misguided, it's also ambitious, entertaining and rather funny.

    Jan 5, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Kutcher is a credible and potent leading man with an easy address to the camera. He carries off the movie with some style.

    Jan 5, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Letting things slide into a sort of low-calorie moral vacuum, Mackenzie hasn't so much nailed LA's culture of skin-deep gratification as produced an advert for it.

    Jan 5, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The ghosts of Shampoo, American Gigolo and even Alfie (both versions) cruelly haunt the ripe and raunchy frames of Mackenzie's Spread - another "shallow-stud-in-need-of-redemption" movie that pales in the face of its predecessors.

    Jan 5, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • [Kutcher's] not a bad actor, in a lazy, self-conscious sort of way, but he's being propelled through a plot that has no guile, no subtlety, nothing at all, in fact, beyond a barely understood desire to punish him.

    Jan 5, 2010 | Full Review…
  • The film becomes unintentionally funny when he falls for another hustler (Margarita Levieva) with even less conscience, their grand passion leading to ludicrous behavior and soap-opera dialogue.

    Aug 20, 2009 | Full Review…

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  • Jul 04, 2011
    In a very spotty drama, Kutcher basically plays a male gigolo that has a close encounter with karma when he meets the right woman. Almost every character in the film is unlikable and there is little for an audience member to get behind, even at the very end.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer
  • Feb 07, 2011
    Geez, what I put up with for Anne Heche... She's the best part of this seedy concoction where every woman is portrayed as a needy idiot. Seriously. If it was this easy to get every woman I met to bump uglies & come back for more no matter how they're treated, then I'd...well, let's just let that sentence trail off. It simply don't happen this way, even in Los Angeles. Ashton Kutcher is in perpetual need of a Fisherman's Friend, hoarsely mumbling his lines while sleepwalking through his part as a gold-digging sexual predator. The kicker is that the film wants us to feel sorry for this jerk, unless they are trying to use him as a cautionary tale. Either way, it ain't happening. The only other bright spot is the appearance (and briefly nekkid form) of Rachel Blanchard from the import comedies <i>Peep Show</i> and <i>Flight of the Conchords.</i>
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 19, 2010
    In "Spread," Nikki(Ashton Kutcher) came to Los Angeles with his own share of hangups thinking it would be something out of a Van Halen music video(?!?) but soon became disillusioned. Now, he is homeless and without car, so he seduces Sam(Anne Heche), a thirtyish entertainment lawyer, so he can stay at her place, which was once supposedly owned by Peter Bogdanovich, so he can maintain his hustler lifestyle of having sex with as many young women as he possibly can, sometimes while watching football. "Spread" is the perfect example of how they do not make them quite like the used to, in this case, classic romances about whether or not a cynic can fall in love. Nikki was jaded long before he got to Los Angeles, so his complaints about the city do not really apply. Just to reinforce this point, there is a shot of a freeway sign pointing towards Sunset Boulevard. Sure, the photography is well done with a neat tracking shot to start things off but there is little wit or intelligence to show for its efforts. I don't have a problem with the sex but sometimes it becomes about too much information. Worst of all is Ashton Kutcher in a charisma free performance, unconvincing that any woman could ever fall for him. And what's up with his voice?
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 17, 2010
    Ashton Kutcher plays himself in a story about what Ashton Kutcher most likely did for a living before he got famous (and what he does all day for a living now that he's Demi Moore's professional kept boy). The main character is not empathetic (and you don't need to be a pretty boy to empathize with one, just write the pretty boy better) and his "journey" never feels significant. Cinematography and acting is decent (besides Ashton who I've already established is just playing himself) but there's nothing of substance here. Waste of time and just a fun "take a risk" project for Ashton. I suppose his fans will like it as he has many partially nude scenes.
    _kelly . Super Reviewer

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