John Travolta's new movie is slammed by critics, and some of the reviews are absolutely awful
Like many actors, John Travolta certainly had a heyday. Unfortunately for him, it's long gone now - about 40 years in the past, to be precise. Sure, he had one or two comebacks with Pulp Fiction and Face/Off but, on the whole, his more contemporary film career has been pretty dismal, to say the least.
Despite this, the Grease star still had high hopes for his latest film, Gotti. Speaking at the Cannes film festival, he said: "You put my name with the Gotti name and it reeks of a story that should be told. But Hollywood can be odd. There was a lot of stress in getting Gotti made. But I knew if we did it well, we could pull it off."
But, while Travolta may think he "did it well", critics have almost unanimously labelled the film as a flop.
According to Rotten Tomatoes:
"Gotti follows infamous crime boss John Gotti's (John Travolta) rise to become the "Teflon Don" of the Gambino Crime Family in New York City. Spanning three decades and recounted by his son John Jr. (Spencer Rocco Lofranco), Gotti examines Gotti's tumultuous life as he and his wife (Kelly Preston) attempt to hold the family together amongst tragedy and multiple prison sentences."
Sounds like a fairly compelling gangster movie, right? Well, not according to the 23 critics who have so far reviewed it on the movie critic site, as every single one of them gave it a rotten score - and some had some rather harsh comments to boot.
"I'd rather wake up next to a severed horse head than ever watch 'Gotti' again," wrote Johnny Oleksinski with the New York Post.
"You might think this sounds hilariously bad. It must be so bad it's kind of good, right? Wrong," commented Pajiba's Kirsty Puchko. "Gotti is not remotely fun, even ironically."
And, as Glen Kenny from the New York Times put it: "That the long-gestating crime drama Gotti is a dismal mess comes as no surprise. What does shock is just how multifaceted a dismal mess it is."
Needless to say, then, Travolta's pet project has not gone down well with movie buffs. However, at the same time, the film has a surprising 79 per cent score from general viewers.
"Great Movie!!! Awesome Soundtrack!!! Wife and I saw today and really enjoyed it," wrote one filmgoer. "Highly recommended. Can't quite understand why 'professional critics' missed so badly. Fun exciting movie. Check it out for yourself."
"You know there is something weird going on when the critics are at zero percent and the audience is at 70+ percent," chimed another. "The critics are way off base on their critique... it's as if they have some mob like bias..."
But, then again, there were some average Joes who decided it wasn't even worth one star, with one person writing: "Don't always agree with professional movie critics, but yes, this is just as horrible as they're all saying. So far, I think the first 0% that I can ever remember!"
Opinions are still very much divided on the film overall but - given the critic reviews - it's unlikely that Travolta is too happy about the reception so far! But, who knows, maybe the coming weeks will change that.