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  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The movie is a fantasy, and the choice is either share the fantasy or don't participate. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    The breezy and sometime absurd Fading Gigolo is reminiscent of vintage Italian films and early Woody Allen movies. show more

  • 30
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The best thing to be said for this lumbering comedy is that it offers a chance to see Vanessa Paradis, the singularly alluring French singer, actress and model, play Avigal, a melancholy Hasidic widow in Brooklyn, N.Y., and play the role with exceptional delicacy. Otherwise, arrgh! show more

  • 75
    David Hiltbrand Philadelphia Inquirer

    This is a very New York film with a distinctly vintage atmosphere thanks to the sepia tint and cool jazz that plays throughout scenes - and sometimes over the dialogue. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    For all its shortcomings, “Gigolo” knows when to turn on the charm. show more

  • 70
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    Fading Gigolo features enough strange narrative turns and modest laughs, not to mention a substantial role for Woody Allen as a very unlikely pimp, to provide a measure of curiosity value. show more

  • 20
    Jordan Hoffman Film.com

    Fading Gigolo wants to be some sort of sunny tapestry about New York’s social groups, but it’s impossible to see past its absurd premise. show more

  • 80
    Bob Mondello NPR

    Turturro's direction owes a little something to Spike Lee, and a lot to Allen, who reportedly had a hand in helping refine the script — certainly his own lines sound as if he's simply riffing in character. Together they succeed in keeping the mood light, even as the filmmaker is gently tugging the plot in other directions — to look at loneliness, and longing, and heartbreak. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    In Fading Gigolo, writer-director John Turturro turns what could have easily been a crass and unpleasant comedy into something soulful and substantial — with a lot of laughs, too. show more

  • 75
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The preposterousness of this plot marks Fading Gigolo as a vanity project, but it’s hard to take Turturro too much to task when he hits so many other grace notes in between blowing his own horn. show more

  • May 20, 2014 soreilly00
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    Loved this movie. Very funny and so well acted. It is a five.

  • May 12, 2014 anyaluz.lobos
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    I am pleased to discover that John Turturro is as good a director as he is an actor. Although initially I hesitated to even see this movie, based on it's low score on Rotten Tomatoes.com, I soon realized that the score was the result of some very mixed reviews, many of which were quite enthusiastic. I'm glad I chanced it. Unlike many Hollywood movies that go so far overboard in their efforts to be sexy, that they actually turn most women off, Fading Gigolo gets it just right. John Turturro (the director and the actor) clearly understands a sexually experienced woman's need to feel her desire increasing in slow, delicious increments. In this sense Fading Gigolo is quite exquisite. The acting is good, all the way around, and the story unfolds in a clever yet unpretentious manner, often providing insight at unexpected moments. Hollywood can keep it's overly eager male jocks that rush toward a woman like puppies clamoring for a milk bowl! I'll take the subtlety and finesse of Turturro any day. -- Anya Luz Lobos, author

  • May 07, 2014 Margaret Opine
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    I'M NOT A WOODY ALLEN FAN BUT I WAS IN THE MOOD FOR A COMEDY. ALLEN SERVES ME BEST TO BE IN A MOVIE LIKE THIS COMPARED TO HIM DIRECTING IT; ALTHOUGH HE SEEMS TO BE GETTING BETTER. *THIS WAS A GOOD IDEA FOR A STORYLINE: SEXY AND FUNNY AND THEN A TRANSFER TO CARING. BUT WHOEVER DID THE SCRIPT DIDN'T KNOW WHERE TO GO WITH THE SCRIPT AFTER IT WAS SET UP. (AND, JUST A NOTE GUYS, WHEN A GIRL CRIES IT IS BEST TO DO WHAT HE DID BUT BETTER: ASK HER DOES SHE WANT TO BE HELD. THAT WOULD BE GOOD SERVICE TOO.--MO

  • May 02, 2014 think!!!
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    it fell outside my definition of a movie. it failed to entertain. vanessa paradis is hypnotic.

  • April 23, 2014 jpewther
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    Sharon Stone is still hot. And there are some amusing bits. But one does wonder why Turturro thought he had a good idea for a film. Maybe as another reviewer suggested, this is just a vanity piece.

  • April 18, 2014 bhunter610
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    I found this a charming movie with a glowing Vanessa Paradis. It's a lovely movie about people whose lives are less than perfect but who try to improve them. Liev Schrieber is an adorable lovelorn man who hasn't the fainting idea how to relate to women although he's crazy about one. Go see it.

  • March 22, 2014 Judy
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    Horrible film! What were John Turturro and Woody Allen thinking? Or were they thinking at all? An embarrassing, implausible premise. Allen plays Alvy Singer (from Annie Hall), with grey hair and bags under his eyes. Turturro a stud? Vanity is thy name. Vanessa Paradis shines.

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