John Travolta-starring gangster drama Gotti has been pummeled by the critics and has opened to a poor box office in the US.
Directed by Entourage actor Kevin Connolly, the film finds Travolta playing John Gotti, aka “Dapper Don,” the head of the Gambino crime family.
“I’d rather wake up next to a severed horse head than ever watch Gotti again… It’s the worst mob movie ever,” wrote New York Post critic Johnny Oleksinski. “Starring in this mobster biopic that deserves to get whacked is an offer Travolta should have refused,” proclaimed Rolling Stone critic Peter Travers. “The film is pretty terrible: poorly written, devoid of tension, ridiculous in spots and just plain dull in others,” reads the review from Hollywood Reporter‘s Jordan Mintzer.
Yeah, reviewers aren’t happy with the film in the slightest. As of now, the film stands with an abysmal 0% score on Rotten Tomatoes with 25 reviews counted. On IMDB’s metascore, the film holds a score of 27 out of 100. But perhaps the film is getting a bit of a better reception with general audience members. The film’s audience score on Rotten Tomatoes is currently at 78% with over 6,700 votes.
“What is shocking to me is that 80% of audience members on Rotten Tomatoes and 4 of of 5 of them on Fandango liked the film,” Dennis Rice, who was behind the marketing for Gotti, told Deadline. “Clearly critics are out of touch with the people who actually vote with their pocket books. It makes me wonder if the press and critics don’t want a movie to succeed because they incorrectly think we are glorifying John Gotti.“
The film has performed poorly during its opening weekend. According to THR, the crime pic earned just $US1.6 million from the 503 US cinemas it was released in, making it one of Travolta’s lowest openings ever. The Wrap reports that the film needed to launch with at least a $US3 million draw to be successful.
Gotti has been plagued with issues from the get go. Three directors came and went before Connolly signed up to direct, the drawn-out project accumulating a list of 44 producers, executive producers and associate producers on the road to fruition. Lionsgate intended to give the film a small US theatrical run and release it on the same day digitally, a plan that production studio Emmett Furla Oasis Films did not agree with. Oasis bought the film back and Vertical Entertainment and US movie ticket service MoviePass came in to distribute. MoviePass, Deadline reports, accounted for 40% of the film’s $US1.6 opening by marketing the film heavily to its 3 million+ subscribers.
Here’s the trailer: