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  • Summary: Fioravante decides to become a professional Don Juan as a way of making money to help his cash-strapped friend, Murray. With Murray acting as his "manager", the duo quickly finds themselves caught up in the crosscurrents of love and money.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Sabrina McFarland
    Apr 9, 2014
    He (Turturro) lands a three-way with two eager ladies (Sharon Stone and Sofia Vergara), but it’s his platonic meet-up with a lonely Hasidic widow (Vanessa Paradis) that establishes the deepest bond.
  2. Reviewed by: Catherine Shoard
    Sep 15, 2013
    Turturro has given Allen his biggest and best on-screen turn in years: the part was written for him and it's full of scope for amiable kvetching and nimble slapstick.
  3. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Apr 15, 2014
    Turturro, writing and directing in a register light-years from his nebbishy turn in "Barton Fink," has a more sensual NYC indie in mind.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Apr 17, 2014
    For all its shortcomings, “Gigolo” knows when to turn on the charm.
  5. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Apr 17, 2014
    With Fading Gigolo, writer-director-star John Turturro does a passable imitation of a mediocre Woody Allen sex comedy, and guess who tags along for this would-be romp?
  6. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Apr 16, 2014
    Perhaps Turturro felt nobody would want to see (or finance) a simple, quiet film about a gallant Italian and a Hasidic widow, minus the high-concept gigolo angle. But in making the story more marketing-friendly, he’s undermined its sweet soul.
  7. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Sep 16, 2013
    Fading Gigolo wants to be some sort of sunny tapestry about New York’s social groups, but it’s impossible to see past its absurd premise.

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  1. Apr 19, 2014
    “Fading Gigolo” was written and directed by John Torturro who also stars in the film with Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Sofia Vergara and Vanessa Paradis. As is always the case with one who takes on the triple role of actor, writer and director, the objectivity needed to make certain scenes work or not work is lost or seriously diminished. Mr. Torturro, the writer, has written a thin improbable script and, as an actor, relies more on his facial expressions than the dialogue the viewer is begging to hear. Mr. Allen, easily cast as the elder mentor and friend to Mr. Torturro’s character tries very hard to be the Allen of 20 years earlier but fails in this attempt. He is, after all, an older version of the character we loved to watch and now, sadly, we are conscious of this old man trying to entertain us. The real value to this film is the performance of Ms. Paradis, a well known French singer, who steals and dominates every scene she is in. This is a movie about Williamsburg, a section of Brooklyn where Hasidic Jews have their own community and how this culture ultimately impacts upon the lives of the characters played by Mr. Allen and Mr. Torturro. As one who lived and worked in that community, I enjoyed the scenes of the lifestyles and people who resided there. Unfortunately, nostalgia and interesting photography alone are not enough to make a really good movie. I give the film a 7. Expand



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