American Gigolo
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A slick Los Angeles callboy finds love and redemption in Paul Schrader's ultra-stylish drama. High-living prostitute Julian Kay (Richard Gere, stepping in for John Travolta) has it all: the Mercedes, the clothes, access to Beverly Hills' swankiest establishments, and a stable of rich, older female clients. But it all falls apart after he does a favor for his former pimp (Bill Duke) and the trick turns up dead a short while later; Julian's actual client won't give him an alibi, and police detective Sunday (Hector Elizondo) doesn't believe the gigolo's denials. The one… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Schrader's development of the frame-up story is mechanically melodramatic, and Gere, essentially a boring actor, doesn't help much either. He just cannot carry a picture, even when his passivity and gentleness well serve some aspects of his character..."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"The whole movie has a winning sadness about it; take away the story's sensational aspects and what you have is a study in loneliness."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The story becomes increasingly implausible as its thriller elements kick in, but the moving last shot achieves a sense of spiritual transcendence and grace rare in American movies."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Turn off the sound and just enjoy the visuals."
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
"A trama policial é fraquíssima, e nem Schrader (também roteirista) sabe como lidar com ela, já que o ato final da história abusa de cenas episódicas em fade, só para amarrar o desfecho."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Schrader's third outing as a director is betrayed by a curious, uncharacteristic evasiveness at its core."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Stylish but emotionally hollow, Paul Schrader's morality tale of a callboy (played by Richard Gere), offers some visual pleasures, including Armani's slick wardrobe."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Although the film rather loses its grip in the last two reels, this is, on the whole, an impressive piece of work."
‑ , Sky Movies
"Slick, empty and far from sensual"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"While certainly not Schrader's best film as either a writer or director, it is still an interesting signpost of the early 1980s"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"It all becomes something of an academic, if entertaining, exercise that fails to stir the emotions."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Schrader manages to underline the glamour of the protagonist's profession while at the same time illustrating its seedy underside."
‑ , Film4
"Pure fantasy."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"American Gigolo explores the flashy career of a male hustler."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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