The first reactions to Ridley Scott’s “House of Gucci” are in – and they’re a wild ride, just like the movie.
When the social media embargo was lifted on the film — starring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver — on Tuesday afternoon, film critics and journalists took to Twitter to praise “House of Gucci” or voice their grievances. Full reviews will arrive on November 22.
In the film, Gaga stars as Patrizia Reggiani, the wife of Maurizio Gucci (Driver) who was tried and convicted of orchestrating the murder of her ex-husband. It follows the events and aftermath of Gucci’s 1995 murder, spanning three decades in the fashion family’s life. House of Gucci also stars Jared Leto, Jeremy Irons, Salma Hayek and Al Pacino.
Fandango and Rotten Tomatoes critic Erik Davis raved about the film, even comparing it to “The Godfather.”
“#HouseOfGucci has a definite GODFATHER vibe, rich with family betrayals, transformational performances, lots of underhanded stuff and it’s definitely more serious than it is,” Davis wrote. “Lady Gaga is incredible, so is Jared Leto, and the story is WILD! The attention to detail is impeccable.”
GUCCI! #HouseOfGucci has a definite GODFATHER vibe, rich with family betrayals, transformative performances, lots of underhanded stuff and it’s definitely more serious than campy. Lady Gaga is incredible, as is Jared Leto, and the story is WILD! The attention to detail is impeccable pic.twitter.com/BphR07VLP5
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) Nov 9, 2021
However, We Live Entertainment founder Scott Menzel was much less enthusiastic. “House of Gucci is a bloated and uneven mess that feels like two different movies in one,” Menzel wrote. “Each cast member pretends to be in a different movie, except for Al Pacino, who seems to have understood the brief and serves as the movie’s MVP.”
House of Gucci is a bloated and uneven mess that feels like two different movies in one. Each cast member pretends to be in a different movie, except for Al Pacino, who seems to have understood the assignment and serves as the movie’s MVP. #HouseofGucci pic.twitter.com/Y5NvVkNvqI
— Scott Menzel (@ScottDMenzel) Nov 9, 2021
Entertainment Weekly writer Joey Nolfi called the film “juicy caviar camp, an absurdly enjoyable Italian soap in which Bald Jared Leto pisses on a Gucci scarf.”
While Nolfi says “House of Gucci” “eventually throttles to a fault,” the writer praised Gaga’s performance, calling it “serious and ferocious,” completing “her evolution from movie star to powerful dramatic actress.”
House of Gucci = juicy caviar camp, an absurdly entertaining Italian soap where Bald Jared Leto pisses on a Gucci scarf. The throttle is eventually reduced to a fault, but Lady Gaga’s serious, ferocious performance completes her evolution from movie star to powerful dramatic actress
— Joey Nolfi (@joeynolfi) Nov 9, 2021
Observer senior entertainment reporter Brandon Katz said the film is “an overwrought slog with no discernible direction.”
“Too many storylines piled on top of each other,” Katz continued. “Glitzy talented names putting it into wealth porn can be fun, but not enough to save the movie from its own junk.”
#HouseofGucci is an overwrought slog with no discernible direction. Too many storylines stacked on top of each other. Glitzy, Talented Names Ruining It In Wealth Porn Can Be Fun, But Not Enough To Save The Movie From Its Own Junk
— Brandon Katz (@Great_Katzby) Nov 9, 2021
Read more comments below.
Lacking energy, style and camp, HOUSE OF GUCCI plods through deadly serious drama with an uneven tone for 2.5 hours. Lady Gaga, Adam Driver & Al Pacino deliver, but a cartoonish Jared Leto feels like he’s in another movie. A disappointingly mediocre effort from Ridley Scott. pic.twitter.com/UIQod5wbYm
— Matt Neglia (@NextBestPicture) Nov 9, 2021
.@HouseOfGucciMov is absolutely divine. It’s killer delicious. The cast delivers the best performances of the year. Enjoy Adam Driver and Lady Gaga whose chemistry and performances are phenomenal. The film is a masterclass in acting. pic.twitter.com/PGmiZ1q05J
– Jazz Tangcay (@jazzt) Nov 9, 2021
#HouseOfGucci is quite an animal. Campy, everything Ridley Scott wanted “The Counselor” to be, but couldn’t. Will be shared by many. Lady Gaga eats every bite of her role. Immediately the most quoteable/meme-worthy movie since ‘Borat’. Jared Leto best since his Oscar win. pic.twitter.com/xh8nFrDXmC
— Clayton Davis (@ByClaytonDavis) Nov 9, 2021
#HouseOfGucci is Shakespearean in its execution. A solid tale of greed and a hunger for success at any cost is dotted with tragicomic interludes – both entertaining in various ways. With solid performances, if it’s campy and overdone at times, it works but could be cropped. pic.twitter.com/q7EAfqQpm0
— Simon Thompson (@ShowbizSimon) Nov 9, 2021
— Marc Malkin (@marcmalkin) Nov 9, 2021
#HouseOfGucci Big & soapy, this really hit the mark for me. Everything Leto & Pacino do is fun, yet nicely balanced with Driver & Gaga’s mannered 50s melodrama twists. Ridley Scott has everyone acting in the same movie, going big with glorious enthusiasm.
— Chris O’Falt (@cofalt) Nov 9, 2021
“House of Gucci” will premiere on November 24.