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: February 1, 1980
DVD Release Date: May 23, 2000
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Critic Score: 68% 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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Schrader manages to underline the glamour of the protagonist's profession while at the same time illustrating its seedy underside.

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Variety Staff

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

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John Lui
The Straits Times (Singapore)

The journey from point A to point B might have been more direct, though given the film's lush visuals and many iconic New York settings, it would probably not have been as pretty.

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TV 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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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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

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Emanuel Levy

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 Cinema

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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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 V
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