The reviews for Ridley Scott's House of Gucci are in, and things aren't looking great. In fact, the Gucci family has issued a furious response to the film, which is widely opposed by them.
"We are deeply disappointed by this unauthorized film," the family said in a statement. "It does not reflect the reality of Gucci's founding family or the many achievements and contributions Gucci has made to the world over the course of its history. The film is a work of fiction, largely inaccurate, and in some cases defamatory." "The Gucci company has not participated in this project in any way whatsoever," they continued. "It neither sought nor authorized the use of its trademarks, nor did it provide any input into the making of the film."
The movie tells the story of Patrizia Reggiani, who was married to Gucci's late founder, Maurizio Gucci. After his murder in 1995, she was convicted of hiring a hitman to kill him and spent seven years in prison. The film has also received poor audience reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, currently holding a 34% approval rating with an average score of 4.6/10 based on 15 reviews. "A boring, implausible biopic," wrote the New York Post's Kyle Smith, who gave the movie one out of four stars. "A middling, sometimes thrilling, occasionally laughable attempt at a true-crime story," agreed The Hollywood Reporter's David Rooney.
The Guardian's Wendy Ide was slightly more forgiving, awarding the movie two out of five stars and writing: "It has its moments, but mostly it feels like an inferior, US-made version of this year's The Wolf of Wall Street - with added Kristen Stewart and without the laughs."
The film's accuracy has also been called into question. "There is no statement to be made about Italian culture with this film," wrote the Boston Herald's Tom Russo. "It simply smacks of tackiness and narcissism, and lampoons an iconic name for no greater purpose than empty recognition."
"A fascinating character study gets hijacked by a convoluted plot and gratuitous sex scenes," added the San Francisco Chronicle's Mick LaSalle. "It tries to do too much and winds up with just enough - barely."Ridley Scott is known for his historical dramas, having directed previous releases like Gladiator and Hannibal.