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American Hustle

Crime . Drama

A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia.

Actors: Jack Huston , Robert De Niro , Alessandro Nivola , Michael Peña , Louis C.K. , Jennifer Lawrence , Jeremy Renner , Amy Adams , Bradley Cooper , Christian Bale
Directors: David O. Russell
Country: USA
Release: 2013-12-20
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  • Andrew O'Hehir

    A work of tremendous confidence and dazzling showmanship that may just be a delirious movie-as-drug-high or may, if you choose to read it this way, contain a level of commentary about the nature of America and the illusioneering of Hollywood. Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    The movie is a slot machine that never stops spitting quarters.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    There’s a great fever-dream quality to David O. Russell’s American Hustle that instantly reels you in.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Big hair. Big mouths. Big scams. Everything about American Hustle, David O. Russell's wild and woolly take on the late-'70s FBI sting operation code-named Abscam, is big. And the biggest thing of all is the love story that beats at the heart of this rollicking disco-era ensemble piece.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    As much as anything, the wildly entertaining ’70s flashback American Hustle is a triumph of style.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    American Hustle is David O. Russell's best film, one that finds him in that ideal zone of spontaneity and complete control.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    The whole movie, a feast of ensemble wiles and stunning hair, is juicy, funny and alive.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Russell and co-writer Eric Warren Singer lay out these deceits and double-crosses with precision but American Hustle isn't merely a procedural. Defining these outsized personalities, tracing their unconventional connections and affections, is where Russell's movie finds its irreverent heartbeat.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    American Hustle is the best time I’ve had at the movies all year, a movie so perfectly executed, such wall-to-wall fun, so filled with the joy of expert filmmaking on every level I can’t imagine anyone who loves movies not loving THIS movie.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Christy Lemire

    David O. Russell out-Scorseses Martin Scorsese with American Hustle, a '70s crime romp that's ridiculously entertaining in all the best ways. Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    High-energy comedy comes naturally to the filmmaker. He exults in free association, emotional riffs, in the craziness that underlies ostensibly rational behavior. The crosscurrents have crosscurrents in his films, but the current that carries everything along here is announced by the first strains of music from the screen: Duke Ellington's "Jeep's Blues," with one of the most exuberant passages in all of jazz. David O. Russell does buoyancy better than anyone.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    [Russell's] dizzying, outlandishly entertaining American Hustle is a 21-first century screwball farce about 20th-century con men, scam artists and those who dream of living large, a film that is big hearted and off the wall in equal measure.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Mr. Bale, like some other stars who embrace playing ugly, feels as if he’d been liberated by all the pounds he’s packed on and by his character’s molting looks, an emancipation that’s most evident in his delicately intimate, moving moments with Ms. Adams and Ms. Lawrence.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    It's a film of jaw-dropping virtuosity and pleasure, one that leaves you revved, enthralled, tickled, moved, and amazed.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    A dynamite crime comedy and identity meltdown that can rekindle one’s faith in movies.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    Reveling in its ’70s milieu and in the eternal abrasion of sexy women and covetous men, American Hustle is an urban eruption of flat-out fun — the sharpest, most exhilarating comedy in years. Anyone who says otherwise must be conning you.

    Time Full Review
  • David Rooney

    An infectious blast of funky jazz played by a terrific cast and a director at the top of their respective games.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    American Hustle turns out to be a freewheeling party of a movie, one that never stops adding complications and wrinkles and hungry new players to the mix.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Boasting terrific acting, a brilliant soundtrack, outrageous outfits and hair, and a kinda-sorta based-on-fact story of ambition and greed, it’s relentless, in the best possible way.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    There may not be much behind the sparkling tinsel curtain of David O. Russell's extraordinarily entertaining American Hustle. But what a curtain!

    Village Voice Full Review
  • David Denby

    “Inside Llewyn Davis” and “Nebraska” are the current standards of what a serious Hollywood movie looks like. American Hustle offers so many easy pleasures that people may not think of it as a work of art, but it is. In the world that Russell has created, if you don’t come to play you’re not fully alive. An art devoted to appetite has as much right to screen immortality as the most austere formal invention.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    It’s a rich, glorious mess, and its underlying craftsmanship is apparent in the characters’ beautifully delineated relationships, each with its own jangly rhythm and distinct feel.

    Variety Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    The character of Rosalyn – a mash-up of Carole Lombard, Lady Macbeth and maybe even Regan from The Exorcist – is by far the most hair-raising phenomenon in a movie bristling with high hair.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    The warmth that courses through American Hustle makes it irresistible, with Russell’s affection for his characters and his sharp-eyed evocation of their recessionary times, honoring their struggle, however dishonest, rather than denigrating it.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Like his con artists are prone to saying, American Hustle works from the feet up, and the fun is intoxicating.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    American Hustle is an essay on the brilliance of corruption.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    The disco decadence, the seedy era before Times Square became a theme park, the lowered expectations of an endless recession, everything that was then and is now makes up American Hustle. And that’s what makes this the best movie of this holiday season.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    For some, the silver linings in Russell’s movies represent a failure to embrace darkness. I see them as a humanist’s act of resistance. That’s why American Hustle ranks with the year’s best movies. It gets under your skin.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Todd Gilchrist

    Although movies like “Goodfellas” are indisputable forebears for Russell’s decadent tale of crime and punishment, the filmmaker distinguishes himself by creating a complex and compelling web of manipulation between the characters that eventually supersedes any of their scheming or con artistry.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    Story comes second to Russell over the rhythms of well-timed bickering, which is a blessing and a curse in American Hustle.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    Like everyone else in Russell's cast, Lawrence appears to be having a blast in the role. It's downright contagious.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Guy Lodge

    Ultimately story is secondary to Russell’s delicious detailing of character and milieu.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Kim Newman

    An extremely entertaining, brilliantly acted, highly diverting film which — like all hustles — delivers less than it promises. Still, it’s worth being taken for the ride.

    Empire Full Review
  • Matt Maytum

    With the entire cast on their A-game, depths are found in characters that could’ve easily been caricatures.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Robbie Collin

    What gives the film its lip-smacking, chilli-pepper kick is that we are never entirely certain who is conning whom, or even if what we are watching has any truth to it at all.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Peter Bradshaw

    It is an intriguing confection of a movie, announcing its influences candidly, but exerting its originality too.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Steve Davis

    It’s a juicy role for any actress, but Lawrence takes it two or three steps further than anyone else who comes to mind could. She’s a true original, a rara avis with beautiful plumage.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    There’s plenty of fun to be had, but in the long term, American Hustle may be remembered more for its superficial pleasures than the depth of its impact. Kind of like the 1970s.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    This isn’t a history lesson. It’s pure entertainment, an excuse for good actors to romp through a twisting, well-told tale.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    It’s a juggling act that Russell can’t sustain and doesn’t: The last 20 minutes feel aimless, and the movie doesn’t end so much as coast to a halt. And still you walk away giddy and full. American Hustle takes your money and makes you glad you were fleeced.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    American Hustle runs a little long with the strongest scenes occurring toward the end. Although the actors don't put on a clinic, they all provide worthwhile performances playing interesting characters, and there's a nice cameo thrown into the mix.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    The film suffers from late-stage Scorsese-itis – wacky, low-slung, high-octane melodrama with lots of yelling and overacting.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Jesse Cataldo

    Formally ostentatious and unrepentantly messy, the film manages to implicitly convey the overdriven, coked-up confusion that many '70s period pieces make painfully overt.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Kate Erbland

    While American Hustle succeeds when it comes to casting and characters, it’s dragged down by a murky and poorly-paced narrative. Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    It’s both unfailingly exciting and overly familiar, a restless but risk-averse film that’s a little too content to borrow from what’s worked before.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    American Hustle is a movie that was built backward, or inside out: It puts actors’ needs before the audience’s. There’s no heart under those polyester lapels, and what all that Aqua Net is pasting together is a few sparse strands of wispy story.

    New York Post Full Review
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