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Leslie Caron plays Gigi, a young girl raised by two veteran Parisian courtesans (Hermione Gingold and Isabel Jeans) to be the mistress of wealthy young Gaston (Louis Jourdan). When Gaston falls in love with Gigi and asks her to be his wife, Jeans is appalled: never has anyone in their family ever stooped to anything so bourgeois as marriage! Weaving in and out of the story is Maurice Chevalier as an aging boulevardier who, years earlier, had been in love with Gingold's character. Chevalier gets most of the best Lerner & Loewe tunes, including Thank Heaven for Little Girls, I'm Glad… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The performances are well nigh faultless."
‑ Abel Green, Variety
"It's like a meal consisting of cheesecake, and one quickly longs for something solid and vulgar to weigh things down."
‑ , Time Out
"Given the shortage of dancing and soaring vocal melodies...Minnelli must lean heavily on personality and a spectacle defined by the pageantry of historic locations, sets and costumes. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Feminist musical, with Minnelli's taste and visual style, makes for an involving experience."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"One of the last great musicals to be written especially for the screen."
‑ , Film4
"Gigi is dressed to kill, but if all the French finery impresses the customers, it also smothers the story."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"A charming entertainment."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"The great Minnelli was surely one of the masters of the American musical, but Gigi was one of his misfires."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"How much one likes it, depends on how much French pastry one can eat during one sitting."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Overbaked but enjoyable, and a banquet for the eyes."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It's easy to drift away from the story and become absorbed in Minnelli's impossibly delicate textures, but there is a little something here for everybody."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"There's a fine bittersweet air to this tale that leaves you longing to see it again."
‑ Tony Sloman, Radio Times
" of Hollywood's most celebrated classics from an era when studios were still making meticulous, tune-filled musicals."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Splendid MGM Lerner and Lowe musical classic in all areas: stars, music, and overall production."
‑ Steve Crum,
"A gorgeous musical that lacks the nuance and emotion of other films in its genre."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
More reviews for Gigi on Rotten Tomatoes

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