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American Hustle

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  American Hustle Review
Tookey's Rating
7 /10
 
Average Rating
8.23 /10
 
Starring
Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper , Amy Adams
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Directed by: David O. Russell
Written by: David O. Russell, Eric Warren Singer

 
 
 
Released: 2013
   
Genre: BLACK COMEDY
CRIME
THRILLER
COMEDY
   
Origin: US
   
Colour: C
   
Length: 138
 
 


 
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American Hustle is the best time Iíve 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 canít imagine anyone who loves movies not loving THIS movie.
(Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times)
[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.
(Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times)
It's a film of jaw-dropping virtuosity and pleasure, one that leaves you revved, enthralled, tickled, moved, and amazed.
(Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly)
An infectious blast of funky jazz played by a terrific cast and a director at the top of their respective games.
(David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter)
Boasting terrific acting, a brilliant soundtrack, outrageous outfits and hair, and a kinda-sorta based-on-fact story of ambition and greed, itís relentless, in the best possible way.
(Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic)
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.
(Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com)
Thereís a great fever-dream quality to David O. Russellís American Hustle that instantly reels you in.
(Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News)
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.
(Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer)
As much as anything, the wildly entertaining í70s flashback American Hustle is a triumph of style.
(Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
American Hustle is David O. Russell's best film, one that finds him in that ideal zone of spontaneity and complete control.
(Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle)
The whole movie, a feast of ensemble wiles and stunning hair, is juicy, funny and alive.
(Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune)
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.
(Steve Persall, Tampa Bay Times)
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 donít come to play youíre not fully alive. An art devoted to appetite has as much right to screen immortality as the most austere formal invention.
(David Denby, New Yorker)
The character of Rosalyn Ė a mash-up of Carole Lombard, Lady Macbeth and maybe even Regan from The Exorcist Ė is by far the most hair-raising phenomenon in a movie bristling with high hair.
(Liam Lacey, Toronto Globe and Mail)
The warmth that courses through American Hustle makes it irresistible, with Russellís affection for his characters and his sharp-eyed evocation of their recessionary times, honoring their struggle, however dishonest, rather than denigrating it.
(Ann Hornaday, Washington Post)
American Hustle is an essay on the brilliance of corruption.
(Rex Reed, New York Observer)
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 thatís what makes this the best movie of this holiday season.
(Roger Moore, Movie Nation)
Itís a juicy role for any actress, but Lawrence takes it two or three steps further than anyone else who comes to mind could. Sheís a true original, a rara avis with beautiful plumage.
(Steve Davis, Austin Chronicle)
With one of the best ensemble casts of any film this year, it's audacious, enthralling and uproarious.
(Claudia Puig, USA Today)
For some, the silver linings in Russellís movies represent a failure to embrace darkness. I see them as a humanistís act of resistance. Thatís why American Hustle ranks with the yearís best movies. It gets under your skin.
(Peter Travers, Rolling Stone)
With the entire cast on their A-game, depths are found in characters that couldíve easily been caricatures.
(Matt Maytum, Total Film)
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.
(Robbie Collin, DailyTelegraph)
It is an intriguing confection of a movie, announcing its influences candidly, but exerting its originality too.
(Peter Bradshaw, Guardian)

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