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American Hustle (2013)

Country: USA

Genres: Crime, Drama

Taglines: Everyone Hustles To Survive

Director: David O. Russell

Writers: Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell

Stars: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, ...

A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that's as dangerous as it is enchanting. Jeremy Renner is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving's unpredictable wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down.

100 | 2013-12-21 | 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.
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100 | 2013-12-21 | David Edelstein

The movie is a slot machine that never stops spitting quarters.
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100 | 2013-12-21 | Joe Neumaier

There’s a great fever-dream quality to David O. Russell’s American Hustle that instantly reels you in.
Read More: New York Daily News

100 | 2013-12-20 | 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.
Read More: Philadelphia Inquirer

100 | 2013-12-19 | Joe Williams

As much as anything, the wildly entertaining ’70s flashback American Hustle is a triumph of style.
Read More: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

100 | 2013-12-18 | Mick LaSalle

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

100 | 2013-12-18 | Michael Phillips

The whole movie, a feast of ensemble wiles and stunning hair, is juicy, funny and alive.
Read More: Chicago Tribune

100 | 2013-12-18 | 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.
Read More: Tampa Bay Times

100 | 2013-12-13 | 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.
Read More: Chicago Sun-Times

100 | 2013-12-13 | 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.
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100 | 2013-12-12 | 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.
Read More: Wall Street Journal

100 | 2013-12-12 | 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.
Read More: Los Angeles Times

100 | 2013-12-12 | 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.
Read More: The New York Times

100 | 2013-12-11 | Owen Gleiberman

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

100 | 2013-12-10 | Joshua Rothkopf

A dynamite crime comedy and identity meltdown that can rekindle one’s faith in movies.
Read More: Time Out New York

100 | 2013-12-10 | 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.
Read More: Time

100 | 2013-12-04 | David Rooney

An infectious blast of funky jazz played by a terrific cast and a director at the top of their respective games.
Read More: The Hollywood Reporter

91 | 2013-12-11 | 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.
Read More: The A.V. Club

90 | 2013-12-17 | 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.
Read More: Arizona Republic

90 | 2013-12-10 | 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!
Read More: Village Voice

90 | 2013-12-09 | 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.
Read More: The New Yorker

90 | 2013-12-04 | 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.
Read More: Variety

88 | 2013-12-20 | 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.
Read More: The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

88 | 2013-12-19 | 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.
Read More: Washington Post

88 | 2013-12-19 | Rene Rodriguez

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

88 | 2013-12-16 | Rex Reed

American Hustle is an essay on the brilliance of corruption.
Read More: New York Observer

88 | 2013-12-13 | 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.
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88 | 2013-12-12 | Claudia Puig

With one of the best ensemble casts of any film this year, it's audacious, enthralling and uproarious.
Read More: USA Today

88 | 2013-12-12 | 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.
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83 | 2013-12-04 | 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.
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83 | 2013-12-04 | Eric Kohn

Story comes second to Russell over the rhythms of well-timed bickering, which is a blessing and a curse in American Hustle.
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80 | 2013-12-24 | Mike Scott

Like everyone else in Russell's cast, Lawrence appears to be having a blast in the role. It's downright contagious.
Read More: New Orleans Times-Picayune

80 | 2013-12-17 | Guy Lodge

Ultimately story is secondary to Russell’s delicious detailing of character and milieu.
Read More: Time Out London

80 | 2013-12-16 | 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.
Read More: Empire

80 | 2013-12-08 | Matt Maytum

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

80 | 2013-12-05 | 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.
Read More: The Telegraph

80 | 2013-12-05 | Peter Bradshaw

It is an intriguing confection of a movie, announcing its influences candidly, but exerting its originality too.
Read More: The Guardian

78 | 2013-12-18 | 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.
Read More: Austin Chronicle

75 | 2013-12-20 | 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.
Read More: Portland Oregonian

75 | 2013-12-19 | 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.
Read More: Charlotte Observer

75 | 2013-12-19 | 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.
Read More: Boston Globe

75 | 2013-12-18 | 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.
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75 | 2013-12-13 | Peter Rainer

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

75 | 2013-12-04 | 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.
Read More: Slant Magazine

72 | 2013-12-08 | Kate Erbland

While American Hustle succeeds when it comes to casting and characters, it’s dragged down by a murky and poorly-paced narrative.
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70 | 2013-12-09 | 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.
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50 | 2013-12-10 | 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.
Read More: New York Post