Lady Gaga's House of Gucci called both "mesmerising" and "a mess" in mixed first reactions

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Photo credit: MGM

The first reactions to Lady Gaga's new film House of Gucci are in and it seems this one is a real matter of taste.

Directed by Ridley Scott, the movie also stars an unrecognisable Jared Leto, Adam Driver, Al Pacino and Salma Hayek.

It chronicles the infamous 1995 murder of fashion boss Maurizio Gucci (Driver) by his ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani (Gaga) which made headlines around the world and cast a dark shadow on the fashion house.

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Photo credit: Universal

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Critics have been sharing their first reactions to the film on Twitter and they range from finding it "mesmerising" to "a mess", but one thing's for sure, it's as camp as expected.

One reviewer also said it was "the most quotable/meme-able movie since Borat" and really, we couldn't ask for more.

Digital Spy has compiled some of the first reactions to House of Gucci below, but beware Little Monsters, it's a mixed bag.

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Photo credit: MGM

Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly

"Is #HouseOfGucci a 'good' movie? In many ways it’s a mess, but the costumes and the camp accents (“GOOTCH-eeee”) and the pure bonkers Ridley Scott melodrama of it all still felt like a balm for my weary sweatpants soul."

Clayton Davis, Variety

"#HouseOfGucci is quite the animal. Campy, everything Ridley Scott wanted 'The Counselor' to be but wasn't able to. Will be divided by many. Lady Gaga eats every morsel of her role up. Instantly the most quotable/meme-able movie since 'Borat.' Jared Leto best since his Oscar win."

David Ehrlich, IndieWire

"House of Gucci is very good, Jared Leto was born to play iconic fashion designer Fredo Waluigi Gucci, and — sorry if this is a spoiler — but at one point Lady Gaga says 'it's time to take out the trash.'"

Erik Davis, Fandango

"GUCCI! #HouseOfGucci has a definite GODFATHER vibe, rich w/ family betrayal, transformative performances, lots of backstabbing & it's definitely more serious than it is campy. Lady Gaga is incredible, as is Jared Leto, and the story is WILD! The attention to detail is impeccable."

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Photo credit: Paramount

Brandon Katz, Observer

"#HouseofGucci is an overwrought slog without any discernible direction. Too many narrative focuses stacked on top of one another. Glitzy talented names hamming it up in wealth porn can be fun, but not enough to save the movie from its own messiness."

Anne Thompson, IndieWire

"#HouseofGucci is a crowdpleaser that critics will not support. At the Academy Museum screening last week, SAG actors showed support for the film's most egregious scene-chewers, Lady Gaga and Jared Leto, who may squeak into SAG or Oscar race, but could have used the Golden Globes."

Nikki Novak, Fandango

"FATHER, SON & THE @HouseOfGucciMov is FANTASTICO! @ladygaga gives more than a performance- she opens a portal..it's mesmerizing! Talk about a 'marriage story' LG & #AdamDriver r an EPIC duo! @JaredLeto will & should win the Oscar. Will see it 100X. Juicy GOOCHINESS! #HouseOfGucci."

House of Gucci will be released in the US on November 24 and in the UK on November 26.

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