After a long wait, “House of Gucci” officially hit theaters on Wednesday, November 24, 2021.
The Ridley Scott-directed film features a star-studded cast of Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Al Pacino, Jared Leto, Salma Hayek, and Jeremy Irons.
The biographical crime drama shows the aftermath of the 1995 murder of the one-time head of the Gucci fashion house, Maurizio Gucci (Driver), after a hit was placed on him by ex-wife Patrizia Gucci (Gaga).
As of Wednesday morning, the film was rated 66% fresh according to Rotten Tomatoes but was given an overwhelming thumbs-up by fans with an audience score of 90%.
Some Critics Can’t Help Stan The Film And Its Actors
To be honest, Lady Gaga’s Patricia Reggiani was so convincing I left the theater with nothing but empathy for her, hope for a ridiculous, unwarranted comeback inspired by the film’s success. Good luck snatching the Oscar from Mother! #HouseOfGucci
— Jonathan Borge (@senorborge) November 24, 2021
Although critics are divided on the film, most can unanimously agree that Lady Gaga’s performance is one worth celebrating.
Katie Walsh of the Tribune News Service wrote, “Gaga delivers a bravura performance as Patrizia, an alchemical blend of sheer charisma, power of personality, undeniable magnetism, and most importantly, commitment to the bit.”
Stephanie Zacharek of TIME Magazine gushed over Gaga, writing that her “performance is wonderful because she’s alive to every moment.”
YouTube critic Perri Nemiroff shared, “The evolution of Patrizia/Maurizio relationship is riveting and the highlight of House of Gucci. It’s loaded with extreme ups and downs, but has just enough nuance to keep it human.”
A Variety review had an interesting take on the film’s events, writing, “This is a movie in which Maurizio gets cut out of the family, then rejoins it, only to see his wife take over, but she flies too close to the sun, so she has to get cut out too, at which point Maurizio thinks he’s king of the hill, but then, as he reinvents the company, hiring the unknown Texas designer Tom Ford (Reeve Carney) to bring it into the 21st century, the company gets cut out from under him. And Patrizia, incidentally, isn’t going away quietly.”
They concluded that the “House of Gucci turns out to be a house of cards. But the more it implodes, the more you can’t look away.”
Some Critics Can’t Help But Pass On Yet Another Scott Drama
— Ema Sasic (@ema_sasic) November 24, 2021
Director Ridley Scott recently made headlines when he blamed the flop of his other 2021 film, the medieval drama “The Last Duel,” on “apathetic millennials.” The film, which had a production budget of $100 million, only raked in a measly $27 million at the global box office.
Although fans and critics alike had high hopes that “House of Gucci” would turn things around for the esteemed director, others don’t think it’s likely.
New York Times critic A.O. Scott left a scathing review of the film, writing, “Something is missing. A lot of things, really, but mostly a strong idea and a credible reason for existing.”
Alonso Duralde of The Wrap wrote, “This true-crime saga of the Gucci family losing control of their own fashion empire could have been a full-blown camp classic were it not so frequently dull and tentative.”
Katie Rife of the AV Club also lamented the film’s pace, writing, “You’d have to squint pretty hard to see a howling high-camp romp in House Of Gucci. Instead, what we get is a fact-based family melodrama, and a rather meandering one at that.”
Although critics seem divided on whether the film is worth the price of admission, critic Caroline Siede might have the best summary for fans still on the fence, writing: “For those willing to take the uneven ride, ‘The Godfather’ meets ‘Hustlers’ meets ‘The Devil Wars Prada’ turns out to be a pretty fun pitch for an awards-season contender.”