House of Gucci review round-up: Ridley Scott’s drama earns a mixture of reactions

Ridley Scott’s eagerly-anticipated House Of Gucci has been panned by critics in both the UK and US. 

The movie, helmed by superstars including Lady Gaga, Al Pacino, Adam Driver and Jared Leto, has come under fire for its ‘over-the-top’ nature, ‘bloated’ 157-minute runtime and its unsteady tone ‘swinging from straight-faced drama to opera buffa extravagance’, with Gaga’s performance seemingly all that reigns supreme. 

Telling the tale of the Gucci family’s scandal when Gaga’s character Patrizia Reggiani ordered a hit on fashion heir ex Maurizio Gucci, played by Adam, the film focuses not only on the crime angle but also the glitz of the dynasty. 

A slew of one star reviews flooded in around the world, with The New York Post blasting the ‘pale, ugly film with underwhelming glamour’ and The Times taking a swipe at the ‘flabby screenplay and howlingly inept biopic’.  

Shock: Ridley Scott's eagerly-anticipated House Of Gucci has been panned by critics in both the UK and US

Shock: Ridley Scott's eagerly-anticipated House Of Gucci has been panned by critics in both the UK and US

Shock: Ridley Scott’s eagerly-anticipated House Of Gucci has been panned by critics in both the UK and US

While the initial House of Gucci social media reactions first hit the internet a few weeks ago, the first full reviews surfaced on Monday, eliciting the shocking reaction to director Ridley’s drama. 

The first wave of reviews have House of Gucci earning a 64% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, just barely above the 60% ‘Fresh’ threshold – while many publications flooded in with dismal insights. 

The New York Post’s Johnny Oleksniski called the movie ‘abysmal’ in his 1 star out of 4 review and was one of the critics to take aim at Gaga’s depiction of Patrizia which was a rare highlight amid the shock slams.

As well as branding the movie ‘a sleep aid’, he wrote of Gaga: ‘The ‘Bad Romance’ singer focuses so much on tics and facial expressions and her Slavic accent that there’s no soul, genuineness or vulnerability to the character. It’s like watching the ‘Paparazzi’ music video on a loop for three hours’. 

Ouch: The movie, helmed by superstars including Lady Gaga, Al Pacino, Adam Driver and Jared Leto, has come under fire for its 'over-the-top' nature, 'bloated' 157-minute runtime and its unsteady tone 'swinging from straight-faced drama to opera buffa extravagance', with Gaga's performance seemingly all that reigns supreme

Ouch: The movie, helmed by superstars including Lady Gaga, Al Pacino, Adam Driver and Jared Leto, has come under fire for its 'over-the-top' nature, 'bloated' 157-minute runtime and its unsteady tone 'swinging from straight-faced drama to opera buffa extravagance', with Gaga's performance seemingly all that reigns supreme

Ouch: The movie, helmed by superstars including Lady Gaga, Al Pacino, Adam Driver and Jared Leto, has come under fire for its ‘over-the-top’ nature, ‘bloated’ 157-minute runtime and its unsteady tone ‘swinging from straight-faced drama to opera buffa extravagance’, with Gaga’s performance seemingly all that reigns supreme 

HOUSE OF GUCCI REVIEWS: ‘Flabby, pale and ugly’

NEW YORK POST

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Johnny Oleksniski writes: ‘Mystifyingly, the front-page killing and ensuing court battle only take up the last 10 minutes of this sleep aid. The preceding two-and-a-half hours are a glacial yet completely uninformative history of the luxe brand framed as a “Succession”-like struggle for power among the Gucci family…

‘But the “Bad Romance” singer focuses so much on tics and facial expressions and her Slavic accent that there’s no soul, genuineness or vulnerability to the character. It’s like watching the “Paparazzi” music video on a loop for three hours…

‘If only Scott’s vision was as visually dazzling as a Gaga video. “Gucci” is a pale, ugly film whose underwhelming glamour doesn’t match the grandeur of a European fashion house. It looks as pricey as a knock-off Gucci bag on Canal Street.’

THE TIMES

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 Kevin Maher writes: ‘With a flabby screenplay, alas, and a bunch of halfcocked thesps, the results, as they are here, can be atrocious. This howlingly inept biopic, probably his worst film since The Counsellor, has several moments of such knuckle-chewing awfulness that the entire movie seems to lurch into wonky self-parody and could possibly secure a lucrative box-office future as a laugh-a-long camp classic in the vein of Showgirls or The Room.’

THE TELEGRAPH

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Robbie Collin writes: ‘I only wish I could report that Ridley Scott’s new film – the 83-year-old master’s second this year, after October’s The Last Duel – managed to match its lead actress’s pace for its entire two-and-a-half hour duration. But while House of Gucci is never less than watchably raucous, it’s also essentially a soap opera with airs, rambling along from episode to episode without ever settling into its stride.’

 EMPIRE 

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Alex Godfrey writes: ‘Despite the story’s operatic sweep, despite its undeniably Shakespearean entanglements, it feels oddly undramatic, the filmmaking itself quite detached. And certainly, despite all the catastrophe, you won’t be shedding tears over anybody, but maybe that’s the point? It’s a case-study of a business gone amok, and while you don’t truly get to know any of these people as actual human beings, you probably wouldn’t want to.’

DAILY MAIL

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Brian Viner writes: ‘It is a muddle, confused in both narrative and tone, and not especially helped by the decision to get the entire ensemble talking foreign-accented English, as if it were an extended episode of ’Allo ’Allo. Disconcertingly, the plot keeps deviating from the relationship between Patrizia and Maurizio to focus on the boardroom grapple for control of the company. 

‘Another problem is the film’s length – over two and a half hours. Ridley Scott and his producer – who happens to be his wife Giannina Facio – could have cut 30 minutes from the movie. That said, House of Gucci is by no means devoid of pleasures. It is sumptuous to look at, with terrific period detail, and Pacino especially is in fine form. But, certainly, the scene-stealer is Gaga.’

GAMES RADAR 

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 Neil Smith writes: ‘Despite its tonal missteps and O.T.T. indulgences, House of Gucci is always more chocolato than the alternative. Yet there are times it bears resemblance to a flea-market knock-off rather than the pricey real deal it so stridently seeks to emulate.’

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If there’s one thing that critics seemingly agreed on with the film is that it’s unapologetically ‘over the top.’ 

AP film critic Lindsey Bahr wrote in her 2.5 stars out of 4 review: ‘Everything in House of Gucci is over the top. The accents. The performances. The fashion. The settings. The runtime. The music. The greed. This movie knows exactly what it is and, sweetie, it is gloriously decadent, ridiculous fun,’.

The Times’ Robbie Collin wrote: ‘But while House of Gucci is never less than watchably raucous, it’s also essentially a soap opera with airs, rambling along from episode to episode without ever settling into its stride.’ 

The bloated 157-minute runtime of House of Gucci was a common criticism, with Entertainment Weekly’s Leah Greenblatt stating in her review that the movie might have been better served as a miniseries than a movie.

Rave reviews: Lady Gaga has earned rave reviews as Patrizia Reggiani, who was found guilty of planning the assassination of her husband Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver) in the thriller

Rave reviews: Lady Gaga has earned rave reviews as Patrizia Reggiani, who was found guilty of planning the assassination of her husband Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver) in the thriller

Rave reviews: Lady Gaga has earned rave reviews as Patrizia Reggiani, who was found guilty of planning the assassination of her husband Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver) in the thriller

She wrote: ‘At 157 minutes, it could also nearly be a miniseries, which actually might have served the amount of outrageous real-life narrative screenwriters Becky Johnston and Roberto Bentivegna are attempting to cram in’ 

Empire’s Alex Godfrey wrote: ‘Despite the story’s operatic sweep, despite its undeniably Shakespearean entanglements, it feels oddly undramatic, the filmmaking itself quite detached…

‘And certainly, despite all the catastrophe, you won’t be shedding tears over anybody, but maybe that’s the point? It’s a case-study of a business gone amok, and while you don’t truly get to know any of these people as actual human beings, you probably wouldn’t want to.’ 

Mixed: The first wave of reviews have House of Gucci earning a 64% rating on Rotten Tomatoes , just barely above the 60% 'Fresh' threshold, though that may change as soon as more reviews come in

Mixed: The first wave of reviews have House of Gucci earning a 64% rating on Rotten Tomatoes , just barely above the 60% 'Fresh' threshold, though that may change as soon as more reviews come in

Mixed: The first wave of reviews have House of Gucci earning a 64% rating on Rotten Tomatoes , just barely above the 60% ‘Fresh’ threshold, though that may change as soon as more reviews come in

Detractor: Still, Gaga had her detractors, such as New York Post's Johnny Oleksniski, who called the movie 'abysmal' in his 1 star out of 4 review

Detractor: Still, Gaga had her detractors, such as New York Post's Johnny Oleksniski, who called the movie 'abysmal' in his 1 star out of 4 review

Detractor: Still, Gaga had her detractors, such as New York Post’s Johnny Oleksniski, who called the movie ‘abysmal’ in his 1 star out of 4 review

Over the top: If there's one thing that critics seemingly can agree on with the film is that it's unapologetically 'over the top'

Over the top: If there's one thing that critics seemingly can agree on with the film is that it's unapologetically 'over the top'

Over the top: If there’s one thing that critics seemingly can agree on with the film is that it’s unapologetically ‘over the top’

What also seems to be a universal theme among the first wave of reviews is praise for Lady Gaga’s performance, even in negative reviews like Daily Mail’s own Brian Viner in his review (2 stars out of 5).

He wrote: ‘Gaga, now a veteran leading lady after 2018’s exhilarating A Star Is Born, gives a big purple showstopper of a performance in House of Gucci’.

The Hollywood Reporter also praises Gaga stating: ‘In a performance more often than not dialed up to 110, Gaga puts on a transfixing show, bringing fierce charisma and ferocious drive to Patrizia,’ adding that she, ‘hurls herself into the character with savage gusto.’ 

Another constant criticism is the lack of a defining tone, with the Chicago Tribune’s Michael Phillips stating the movie is, ‘swinging from straight-faced drama to opera buffa extravagance.’

Deadline added that the overwrought story is, ‘all stretched out into a family melodrama that makes the machinations behind Succession pale by comparison.’

House of Gucci opens in theaters in the US on November 24 and in the UK on November 26.

Bloated: The bloated 157-minute runtime of House of Gucci was a common criticism, with Entertainment Weekly's Leah Greenblatt stating in her B-grade review that the movie might have been better served as a miniseries than a movie

Bloated: The bloated 157-minute runtime of House of Gucci was a common criticism, with Entertainment Weekly's Leah Greenblatt stating in her B-grade review that the movie might have been better served as a miniseries than a movie

Bloated: The bloated 157-minute runtime of House of Gucci was a common criticism, with Entertainment Weekly’s Leah Greenblatt stating in her B-grade review that the movie might have been better served as a miniseries than a movie

No soul: 'But the “Bad Romance” singer focuses so much on tics and facial expressions and her Slavic accent that there’s no soul, genuineness or vulnerability to the character. It’s like watching the “Paparazzi” music video on a loop for three hours,' he said

No soul: 'But the “Bad Romance” singer focuses so much on tics and facial expressions and her Slavic accent that there’s no soul, genuineness or vulnerability to the character. It’s like watching the “Paparazzi” music video on a loop for three hours,' he said

No soul: ‘But the ‘Bad Romance’ singer focuses so much on tics and facial expressions and her Slavic accent that there’s no soul, genuineness or vulnerability to the character. It’s like watching the ‘Paparazzi’ music video on a loop for three hours,’ he said

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