After changing distributors earlier this year, “Gotti” has finally hit theaters — and critics are shrugging. The biopic stars John Travolta as the infamous mobster was directed by “Entourage” star Kevin Connolly, and first saw light of day at Cannes — where it prompted IndieWire’s David Ehrlich to write that, “this is a strange thing to say about a notorious mob boss who was locked up for murder, but John Gotti deserved better.”
That universally negative distinction is based on 20 reviews that gave “Gotti” an average score of just 2.6/10. Not even a soundtrack featuring contributions from Pitbull could save the film, with Variety’s Peter Debruge calling it “almost laughable to see this iconic star trying so hard on behalf of a movie that is so clearly compromised in its intentions.”
The film isn’t faring much better on Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating based on reviews: It has a 30, indicating “generally unfavorable reviews.” That may be putting it lightly, as “Gotti” already seems destined to sleep with the fishes.