John Travolta in a mob movie about an infamous Italian-American gangster? You know what… that’s not actually a horrible premise for a film. I’d watch that.
But if reviews are anything to go, you shouldn’t go near Travolta’s latest film Gotti with a bargepole.
The movie, directed by Kevin Connolly and with music by, er, Pitbull, has been given an exceedingly rare score of 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, meaning it hasn’t been given a single positive review. Not even one.
Here’s a synopsis for the film:
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.
In their review of the movie, The New York Times said:
“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.”
And The New York Post added:
“I’d rather wake up next to a severed horse head than ever watch Gotti again.”
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According to /Film, this particular mess of a movie has been stuck in development hell for nearly a decade and around 45 producers have been attached to the project, which could explain why it seems to have turned into something of a dumpster fire.
And, awkwardly for Travolta, this isn’t his first film with the unwanted Rotten Tomatoes distinction. His 1983 film Staying Alive and his 1993 film Look Who’s Talking Now both share a 0% score on the site.
If you still want to check out this film, it’ll be released in the UK on 17 September.
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