American Gigolo
American Gigolo (1980)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 23, 2000
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Critic Score
67%
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User Score
51%



Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

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...

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

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Variety Staff
Variety

Schrader's third outing as a director is betrayed by a curious, uncharacteristic evasiveness at its core.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

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.

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Sky Movies

Although the film rather loses its grip in the last two reels, this is, on the whole, an impressive piece of work.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

It all becomes something of an academic, if entertaining, exercise that fails to stir the emotions.

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Film4

Schrader manages to underline the glamour of the protagonist's profession while at the same time illustrating its seedy underside.

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

Pure fantasy.

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Flixster Audience Score: 51% Flixster User Reviews
Jonathan Hutchings
Paul Schrader's homage to Bresson's Pickpocket proves three things: 1) Being a good screenwriter doesn't automatically make you a good director.… More
Dean McKenna
Richard Gere is electrifying as the title role in this stylish, sexually charged drama film.
Conner Rainwater
I think that American Gigalo is an underrated movie to say the least. Most people who do admit to being a fan of it say that it's just because they like… More
Sunil Jawahir
Dated, so some of the shock value has gone but it's still alright.
AJ Verser
First of all, excellent cinematography and cool music (it was all based on Blondie's song call me). What I didn't like was the cast, they… More
alan jay
a hallmark film for its time..great start then sinks under its own weight..a bit pretntious and serious..could have been alot more fun if it was handled… More