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Genre: Biographical
Directed By: Kevin Connolly
Written By: Lem Dobbs
Leo Rossi
Starring: John Travolta
Spencer Lofranco
Pruitt Taylor Vince
Stacy Keach
Chris Mulkey
William DeMeo
Kelly Preston
Photography: Color
Distributed By: Vertical Entertainment
MoviePass Ventures
Release Date: June 15, 2018
Runtime: 110 minutes
Country: United States

Gotti (not to be confused with the 1996 film of the same name starring Armand Assante) is a 2018 biographical film about New York City mobster John Gotti starring John Travolta in the lead role. Directed by Kevin Connolly, it was released on June 15, 2018.


The film talks about the life of mob boss John Gotti a.k.a. "The Teflon Don" and his son.

Why It's Fuhgeddable

  1. The movie went through development hell, taking 8 years, 4 directors, and 44 producers to make, and the result is a mess.
  2. Bad writing that feels not accurate for the real Gotti's biography:
    • The movie is basically a large collection of mob movie clichés and doesn't try to do anything new with them.
    • Incoherent plot, which basically consists of a number of barely-connected scenes just strung together.
    • Overall, these problems make the film extremely boring.
  3. Poor pacing; scenes either drag out for too long, or pass too quickly.
  4. Despite how bad the real John Gotti was, the movie seems to portray him in a positive light.
  5. The movie's distributor likely tried to boost the movie's rating via review stuffing.
  6. The tone is inconsistent.
  7. The ad campaign for the film actually called out the detractors by calling them "trolls".
  8. Spence Lofranco was completely miscast as old John Gotti Jr, as the old person makeup applied to him was laughable.
  9. Terrible direction by Kevin Connolly.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. It had a potential for being a somewhat decent semi-biographical film about John Gotti.
  2. John Travolta's performance as John Gotti was decent.


Gotti was universally panned by critics and filmgoers, who lamented the writing, aesthetics and performances, although its use of makeup received some praise and received a rare 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, and the website's critical consensus reads, "Fuhgeddaboudit.", with a 24 out of 100 Metacritic score.

It was noted that a number of people noticed the large disparity between the critic and audience reviews (an 80% rating from audiences), and the abnormally high number of reviews. It was later noted most of the reviews were first-time reviewers, many of which had also reviewed American Animals, which was also owned by the movie's distributor, MoviePass.


  • This was the final film to star Kelly Preston that was released in her lifetime before her death in 2020, nearly 2 years after the film's release.
  • While the film was still in development, there were plans to have Al Pacino and Joe Pesci co-star in the film.


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