John Gotti may have been known as “The Teflon Don,” but John Travolta’s new movie about him is anything but.
Gotti, Travolta’s long-gestating biopic about the notorious mobster, finally hit theaters Friday after years in development. As of Friday, the film holds a rare zero percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with 17 reviews counted.
EW’s Chris Nashawaty gave the film a C in his own review, writing, “It’s hard to see why Travolta stuck it out for so long. It’s not a good movie. But the blame can’t be laid at its star’s Ferragamo-shod feet. Decked out in a closetful of shiny wide-lapel suits, snug goombah turtlenecks, and pinkie rings the size of hubcaps, Travolta somehow manages to summon a ferocious and committed performance while everything else around him falls to pieces. He’s as Teflon as Gotti ever was.”
Gotti is Travolta’s third film to achieve the dubious honor of a zero percent rating, joining 1983’s Staying Alive and 1993’s Look Who’s Talking Now. (Although to be fair, both films predate Rotten Tomatoes, and their critical scores were tallied after the site launched in 1998.)
Entourage’s Kevin Connolly directed Gotti, which stars Spencer Rocco Lofranco as Gotti’s son, John Jr., and Travolta’s real-life wife Kelly Preston as Gotti’s wife, Victoria.