Metascore
18

Overwhelming dislike - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 37
  2. Negative: 30 out of 37
  1. 63
    Lopez and Affleck are sweet and appealing in their performances; the buzz said they didn't have chemistry, but the buzz was wrong. What they don't have is conviction.
  2. 50
    Some of the dialogue is astonishingly awful. Sex and relationships are constantly likened to animal interaction.
  3. 25
    The only people likely to get a kick out of Gigli -- the first screen teaming of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez -- are Madonna and her director hubby Guy Ritchie. Finally there's a movie as jaw-droppingly awful as their "Swept Away."
  4. A watchable bad movie, but it's far from your typical cookie-cutter blockbuster. There are no shoot-outs or car chases, and there isn't much romantic suspense, either.
  5. The most thoroughly joyless and inept film of the year, and one of the worst of the decade. We're talking about a disaster, and not of the fun "Showgirls" variety, either.
  6. 20
    The spectacle of the near-naked Ricki (Lopez) striking sexually provocative yoga poses while floridly extolling the virtues of female genitalia is particularly mortifying, but it's only one of many horribly miscalculated scenes.
  7. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    0
    An overlong, joyless, and inconsequential affair, full of dead air, and possessing only a few moments of jaw-dropping bad taste. It's a dull disaster.
  8. The worst movie -- all right, the worst allegedly major movie -- of our admittedly young century. More stupefying follies may come, but it's impossible to imagine how they'll beat this one for staggering idiocy, fatuousness or pretension.
  9. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    25
    An embarrassing debacle...the rare movie that never seems to take off, but also never seems to end. It tries hard to titillate, but ends up making audiences want to avert their eyes.
  10. Affleck, for his part, behaves as if a Zero from "Pearl Harbor" dropped one too close to his noggin. He looks permanently shell-shocked.
  11. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    20
    The movie is bafflingly boring and ridiculous. Its loginess is exacerbated by the pacing of the writer-director, Martin Brest.
  12. 25
    Gigli's awfulness is of a rarer, more precious variety. It's the sort of bizarre, ill-conceived picture you can't believe exists, but are secretly glad it does.
  13. Guys, I'm telling you: Don't go to this movie! It's "Chasing Amy" with guns! You're walking into a trap! This is for fans of the holy couple, but they already know that.
  14. Nearly as unwatchable as it is unpronounceable.
  15. For the most part I was able to accept this thesis and enjoy Lopez in her usual superwoman role, but the script does get awfully preachy in spots.
  16. After five minutes, Christopher Walken vanishes. We wait vainly for the next 90 minutes for someone, anyone to bring that kind of danger, unpredictability and vitality to a story as drab as army fatigues.
  17. A hypnotic, black hole of a movie that sucks reputations, careers and goodwill down its vortex. Rarely has a movie that doesn't star Madonna achieved such a skin-crawling mixture of deluded preening and bungled humour.
  18. Buried in the slow, talky, inanities that the two stars exchange are some potentially interesting ideas about female sexual self-assertion and male surrender, but neither the actors nor the filmmakers have any notion about how to explore them.
  19. 40
    Writer-director Martin Brest lends the film a professional sheen, and his stars (who some rumors suggest may have become romantically involved) have charisma to spare, but the film has all the charge and momentum of a Paxil ad.
  20. 25
    Excruciating...The movie proves to be singularly unfunny and static almost from the non-get-go. Virtually nothing happens; the movie is all premise.
  21. The film lacks a controlling point of view to guide an audience through so improbable a tale. Nothing in the movie is funny -- aside from giggles provoked by misfired jokes -- or romantic or dramatic.
  22. 20
    How fortunate that the J. Lo bod, majestic butt and all, finds itself in excellent working order in Gigli: There is precious little other consolation in this formless windbag of a romantic comedy.
  23. Enervated, torpid, slack, dreary and, oh yes, nasty, brutish and long.
  24. There is no histrionic excess or crackpot camp, only hoary sentiment, the puppy-dog cuteness of the mentally handicapped, and the proposition that the "cure" for lesbianism is one good man brave enough to get in touch with his inner cow.
  25. Gigli berates, insults, dismisses, throttles, and bellows at Bartha's meticulously aped retard, and then turns sensitive and warm—it's hard to decide which attitude is more insulting.
  26. Wretched. And while the dirtiest, low-rottenest part of me wouldn’t mind watching the institution of Ben/Jen get reamed, the heft of the blame should be shouldered by Hollywood vet Martin Brest, who wrote an incoherent, incompetent script and further mangled it with his direction.
  27. The problem with Gigli is that it is an inept attempt to do Elmore Leonard by Martin Brest, a filmmaker whose coarse sensibility makes him catastrophically unqualified to the task.
  28. So how bad, in the final analysis, is Gigli? The best that can be said is that it doesn't beat out "The Ladies Man" as the most abrasively awful film of the past five years, nor does it top "Battlefield Earth" for sheer misguided lunacy.
  29. 40
    Turns out to be merely bad -- not a train wreck, not the crime against humanity it's been rumored to be.
  30. 33
    Has a curious train-wreck quality to it that keeps you watching and thinking. (Even if you are thinking things like, Why were these lines ever written? When you hear the "turkey" line, your jaw will drop.)
  31. 25
    Put together enough pointless, random details, and you get Gigli, a movie that's less incompetent than bewildering.
  32. Reviewed by: Laine Ewen
    0
    Uncomfortable, offensive, and boring.
  33. 20
    Has no story, no redeeming characters that anyone could care about, and the actors are all on autopilot, completely soaked with their own vanity.
  34. Reviewed by: Kevin Carr
    10
    It’s just a mess.
  35. Reviewed by: Amy Dawes
    50
    Arrives carrying more baggage than a Greyhound bus, which may distract moviegoers from what is a silly but still an enjoyably written and performed romantic comedy.
  36. Reviewed by: Jeff Giles
    10
    After the schadenfreudian thrill of watching beautiful people humiliate themselves wears off, it has the same annihilating effect on your will to live.
User Score
2.0

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 137 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 63
  2. Negative: 46 out of 63
  1. Feb 23, 2015
    0
    I hate this movie! It has to be the worst movie of all time. Absolute s***. I heard that when people went to the theaters, they wanted theirI hate this movie! It has to be the worst movie of all time. Absolute s***. I heard that when people went to the theaters, they wanted their money back. Please do not buy this movie. It sucks! Full Review »
  2. Beast
    May 16, 2007
    1
    Livia, you have no brain. Indian humor? Doesn't change the fact that the acting was horrific, the cameramen were absent, and the Livia, you have no brain. Indian humor? Doesn't change the fact that the acting was horrific, the cameramen were absent, and the dialogue was nothing short of insulting. I mean, come on, she hits on him, then she's lesbian, and then she has sex with him? WHAT? Full Review »
  3. Feb 2, 2015
    0
    Worst pile of garbage ever! I can totally understand why the critics hate this crap. The acting, script, and storyline were all terrible. AndWorst pile of garbage ever! I can totally understand why the critics hate this crap. The acting, script, and storyline were all terrible. And what's Al Pacino doing in there? This is a movie that everyone should avoid at all costs and it was the worst movie of all time. Full Review »