‘House of Gucci’ first reactions are mixed for Lady Gaga, Adam Driver

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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

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“House of Gucci” will premiere on November 24.

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