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'Gotti' Zero Percent on Rotten Tomatoes Shows at Box Office

'Gotti' Zero Percent on Rotten Tomatoes Shows at Box Office

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By    |   Monday, 18 June 2018 07:14 AM

"Gotti" got a zero percent rating from the pro movie reviewer side of Rotten Tomatoes and the mobster movie got whacked at the box office over the weekend. Turns out, those two things are not all that unusual for a film starring John Travolta.

The movie that shines a spotlight on real life mob boss John Gotti was rated as "rotten" by all 13 reviewers examining the film as of noon Friday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Travolta also received zero ratings for 1983's "Staying Alive" and the 1993 film "Look Who's Talking Now," THR said.

THR noted that audience members liked the movie more, giving it an 80 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Meanwhile, "Gotti" pulled in a measly $1.67 million from the 503 screens it debuted on, The Wrap reported. That was the worst take for a Travolta film since 1991's "Shout," which opened to $1.61 million on 968 screens.

While "Gotti" needed to make $6,000 per screen to be termed a success, analysts told The Wrap, the movie made about $3,320 per screen in its opening.

The movie played strongest in New York, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas, THR said.

"Gotti" was originally scheduled to hit theaters on Dec. 15 but was pulled from its limited release with promises that it would be released more widely. Travolta explained at the time that a deal with financier Edward Walson to purchase the film would allow more people to see it.

The movie, though, was savaged by critics.

"I'd rather wake up next to a severed horse head than ever watch 'Gotti' again," New York Post reviewer Johnny Oleksinski said about the movie. "The worst movie of the year so far, the long-awaited biopic about the Gambino crime boss' rise from made-man to top dog took four directors, 44 producers and eight years to make."

Peter Travers, of Rolling Stone magazine, was equally unkind.

"John Travolta, trying earnestly to act his way through a ton of lousy makeup and an even heavier slab of bad screenwriting, plays mafioso John Gotti in this chaotic biopic that jumps all over the place but still fails to manifest a pulse," he said in his critique.

Frank Lovece, of Newsday, said the movie appeared to struggle from the challenge of the real life Gotti to stay out of prison.

"'Gotti' might seem like a cautionary topical tale about blind loyalty to demagogues, except that the movie itself is guilty of that, with a text coda castigating the government for prosecuting the poor innocent Gottis," Lovece said.

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"Gotti" got a zero percent rating from the pro movie reviewer side of Rotten Tomatoes and the mobster movie got whacked at the box office over the weekend. Turns out, those two things are not all that unusual for a film starring John Travolta.
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