Gia (1998) - Rotten Tomatoes


Gia (1998)




Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Gia Photos

Movie Info

Angelina Jolie (Wallace) has the title role in this biographical drama tracing the tragic rise to fame and death, at age 26, of insecure, self-destructive supermodel Gia Carangi, who grew up in Philadelphia a victim of child abuse, moved to New York to work as a model in 1977, scored big as a top-ranked cover girl under the tutelage of Wilhemina Cooper (Faye Dunaway), and burned brightly, before pills, coke, and heroin turned her life into a junkie hell. Music of the period includes Billy Joel, David Bowie, and the Pretenders. Filmed in NYC and LA, this feature premiered January 31, 1998 on HBO.

Watch it now


Angelina Jolie
as Gia Marie Carangi
Kylie Travis
as Stephanie
Louis Giambalvo
as Joe Carangi
John Considine
as Bruce Cooper
Scott Cohen
as Mike Mansfield
Edmond Genest
as Francesco
Faye Dunaway
as Wilhelmina Cooper
Nick Spano
as Michael, Gia's Brother
Phillip Simon
as Fashion Store Manager
John-Clay Scott
as Policeman
Antony Sandoval
as John Casablancas
Paul Sandman
as Vogue Assistant No. 2
Michael E. Rodgers
as Red Dress Photographer
Joan Pringle
as Therapist at Rehab
Adina Porter
as Girl at Group Therapy
Sam Pancake
as Francesco Stylist No. 1
Tricia O'Neil
as Vogue Editor
Norman Merrill
as Doctor in AIDS Ward
Allison Mackie
as Red Dress Designer
Shelby Leverington
as Woman at Funeral
Drinda La Lumia
as Booker No. 3
Steve Carson
as Drug Dealer in Alley
Mila Kunis
as Gia (age 11)
Michelle Jonas
as Vogue Assistant No. 1
Tim Hutchinson
as TV Interviewer
Meleney Humphrey
as Booker No. 1
Johnny Green
as Gia's Brother, Joey
Judy Gillet
as Beverly
Scott Genkinger
as Philadelphia Photographer
Guido Foehrweisser
as German Makeup Artist
Vylette Jezel Fagerholm
as Blonde Girl in Philadelphia
Alexander Enberg
as Chris Von Wagenheim
Brian Donovan
as Junkie at Shooting Gallery
Julio Dolce Vita
as Hood No. 3
Lombardo Boyar
as Hood No. 2
Rick Batalla
as Hispanic Stylist Phillipe
Joe Basile
as Disco Doorman Tony
Holly Baker
as Emergency Room Nurse
View All

Critic Reviews for Gia

All Critics (14)

A film about a woman's meteoric rise to fame, made shortly before Jolie's own career went stratospheric, this is a widely overlooked production that shows the incredible breadth of the actor's talent.

January 5, 2022 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Jolie gives a sensational performance in this tight, but tragic biopic

May 6, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Gia isn't hagiography, I'll give it that, but it is reductive to a fault

August 19, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

No review available

January 5, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

Jolie gives it her all in a thoroughly uninhibited and highly effective portrait of a woman living from thrill to thrill.

July 3, 2003 | Full Review…

Teasing, but hard-to-watch, biography of a famed model struck down by '80s extravagance. NOTE: Angelina Jolie gets naked ... a lot. Hooray!

August 1, 2002 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Gia

Well made film on the supermodel Gia Carangi. Well acted by Angelina Jolie, this film is the tragic story of one of America's first supermodels. The film is a good drama film. The cast here are good and they all deliver solid performances. The film could have been a lot better, and I find that there were a few scenes where the material didn't work. However due to the good cast, it makes this film that much more interesting despite the lack of effective material. The film is good for what it is, the performances saves this film from being an utter failure. Like I said, it could have been a stunning film with a great story, but there's just something missing from it to truly make it stand out, and make it a memorable biopic. Considering the life that Gia had, you'd expect something great with this film. There's something missing from the films plot to really make it stand out, and it's a good film, but never anything great. If you're looking for one of Angelina Jolie's better performances, this film is it. For a biopic, Gia is one that could have been a lot better, but in any case, is good to watch. Don't expect anything great with this one. Expect a good film that should have been better. If it wasn't for the cast, I think this film would certainly have failed. This is one of those biopics that should have turned out better than it actually did. Still worth watching for one of Angelina Jolie's better performances.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer


Not a story I expected to find fascinating and yet this true story of Gia, the first Super Model, a diva, drug addict and true wild child made for an interesting tale. A short life, that covered so much. Also one of Angelina Jolie's earlier films, which is refreshing because it's back when she wasn't such a diva herself and a much more natural fiesty Actress.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

One of Angelina Jolie's first performances and still one of her best. It is such a tragic story, but mainly due to the fact that you completely fall in love with Gia. The downfall is so sad to watch and highly effective. A great biopic and one of the best made-for-tv movies ever.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

Gia Quotes

News & Features