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Makers of John Travolta’s ‘Gotti’ hit back at withering reviews: ‘Trust yourself’

‘Who would you trust more, yourself or a troll behind a keyboard?’

The makers of John Travolta’s Gotti responded to scathing reviews with a promotional tweet on Tuesday. Accompanied by a video, the tweet claims that even though critics have panned the film, audiences loved it. “Who would you trust more, yourself or a troll behind a keyboard?” the video asks.

Gotti received a rare zero percent score on review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes after its release on June 15. However, Rotten Tomatoes reported that 73 per cent of audiences rated Gotti positively.

Gotti is reportedly the third Travolta film to receive a zero percent rating after Staying Alive (1983) and Look Who’s Talking Now (1993).

Directed by Kevin Conolly, Gotti narrates the story of the rise of real-life Italian-American gangster John Gotti (Travolta) as the head of the Gambino crime family in New York City. The project was initiated in 2010, and the cast originally included Al Pacino. Joe Pesci and Chazz Palminteri.

Gotti has received scathing reviews from critics. Johnny Oleksinski of The New York Post wrote that he’d “rather wake up next to a severed horse head than ever watch Gotti again”, and regarded it the worst release of the year and the worst mob movie of all time. Jordan Mintzer at The Hollywood Reporter described Gotti as “poorly written, devoid of tension, ridiculous in spots and just plain dull in others”. Meanwhile, The New York Times critic Glenn Kenny called the film a “dismal mess”.

Gotti (2018).
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