Fading Gigolo 2013

Critics score:
54 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Kyle Smith, New York Post: I couldn't figure out what these two movies - one larkish but trivial, the other emotionally ambitious - have to do with one another. Neither, apparently, could Turturro. Read more

Rex Reed, New York Observer: John Turturro is a gifted and charming actor, but he has a fatal desire to be a film director and is cursed with no talent whatsoever for the job. Read more

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal: "Fading Gigolo" is almost retrograde enough to be daring, but the pace is tentative, the comedy is dull ... Read more

Bob Mondello, NPR: Turturro's direction owes a little something to Spike Lee, and a lot to Woody Allen. Read more

John Hartl, Seattle Times: The chemistry is just right between Allen and Turturro, who immediately register as best friends for life, and between Stone and Turturro, whose mutual awkwardness gives way to a goofy form of passion. Read more

Peter Debruge, Variety: John Turturro brings sensitivity and intelligence to a subject that could have gone terribly awry in this wryly observant dramedy. Read more

Ben Kenigsberg, AV Club: If you can accept the ethnic roundelay, Fading Gigolo is, in its own Martian way, a pretty tender film about loneliness and the need for human connection. Read more

Randy Cordova, Arizona Republic: A slight, minor comedy that feels like something Woody Allen might have come up with on a lazy afternoon. Read more

Ty Burr, Boston Globe: This is the most confident of Turturro's directing jobs and one of his tenderest performances; at times the movie's a mess, but it goes to such special places that you don't mind. Read more

Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader: The premise is preposterous and many of the gags are tasteless, yet the tone is gentle, even elegiac, and the players are surprisingly sensitive. Read more

Tom Long, Detroit News: "Fading Gigolo" may be far from perfect, but it's near impossible to dislike. Read more

Jordan Hoffman, Film.com: One of the most shameless vanity projects I've ever seen. Read more

Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter: An odd, sometimes funny, other times touching, always modest look at a strange bunch of New Yorkers. Read more

Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times: Artful, insightful and at times very, very funny, much of its wry humor is due to Allen, who co-stars opposite Turturro. Read more

Rafer Guzman, Newsday: Turturro has many dots that he never connects here. Read more

Richard Brody, New Yorker: This vulgar and outlandish locker-room tale is written, directed, and performed by John Turturro with such sincerity, relish, heart, and good humor that it almost sneaks through ... Read more

Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News: For all its shortcomings, "Gigolo" knows when to turn on the charm. Read more

Manohla Dargis, New York Times: Mr. Turturro's musical choices in "Fading Gigolo" tend to feel, like so much here, generically applied instead of meaningfully coaxed from some essential, lived-in truth. Read more

Michael Sragow, Orange County Register: This tall-tale New York comedy about a florist and a book dealer who become a prostitute and a pimp is so wispy that it's hit or miss and overlong at 90 minutes. Read more

David Hiltbrand, Philadelphia Inquirer: Fading Gigolo gets an extra star merely for showcasing the egg cream, the Brooklyn beverage that is the nectar of the gods. Shalom! Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: A slight movie but enjoyable nevertheless even if its brevity hints at something that, given more time to breathe, could have been a richer, more rewarding experience. Read more

Richard Roeper, Richard Roeper.com: This movie was doomed from draft one of the script. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: Aside from Allen, "Fading Gigolo" is a rather grim movie. Read more

Minneapolis Star Tribune: The tone swoops from touching drama to hambone commedia dell'arte without setting a foot wrong. Read more

Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: While Allen emerges from this mash-up relatively unscathed, Turturro as an implausible male prostitute gets maimed at the intersection of comedy and drama. Read more

Adam Nayman, Globe and Mail: 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. Read more

Linda Barnard, Toronto Star: A story that pretends to be about sex but is actually focused on revealing the true nature of intimacy. Read more

Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out: If you've missed the fumbling Allen of Broadway Danny Rose, out of his element and only the "beard," that guy is back. Read more

Claudia Puig, USA Today: A slight, comical and intermittently affecting film about loneliness and desire. Read more

Jocelyn Noveck, Associated Press: We'll take messy and interesting over neat and uninteresting any day - especially when a movie has as much heart as this. Read more

Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice: Resolute if somewhat off-kilter, it always keeps moving. And where else are you going to see the tres adorable French pop star and actress Vanessa Paradis as a Brooklyn lice-picker? Read more

David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture: What puts Fading Gigolo over the top is the presence of Allen, who's just the sort of earthy, fast-talking foil the moony Turturro needs. Read more

Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post: As a filmmaker, Turturro evokes a sense of this community that's surprisingly nuanced and rich. Read more