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.... (Full plot summary below)
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.
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Entertainment Weekly - 10/10 by Owen GleibermanIt's a film of jaw-dropping virtuosity and pleasure, one that leaves you revved, enthralled, tickled, moved, and amazed.
San Francisco Chronicle - 10/10 by Mick LaSalleAmerican Hustle is David O. Russell's best film, one that finds him in that ideal zone of spontaneity and complete control.
Chicago Tribune - 10/10 by Michael PhillipsThe whole movie, a feast of ensemble wiles and stunning hair, is juicy, funny and alive.
Tampa Bay Times - 10/10 by Steve PersallRussell 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.
RogerEbert.com - 10/10 by Christy LemireDavid O. Russell out-Scorseses Martin Scorsese with American Hustle, a '70s crime romp that's ridiculously entertaining in all the best ways.
Wall Street Journal - 10/10 by Joe MorgensternHigh-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.
Los Angeles Times - 10/10 by 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.
The New York Times - 10/10 by Manohla DargisMr. 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 Hollywood Reporter - 10/10 by David RooneyAn infectious blast of funky jazz played by a terrific cast and a director at the top of their respective games.
Time - 10/10 by Richard CorlissReveling 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.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 10/10 by Joe WilliamsAs much as anything, the wildly entertaining ’70s flashback American Hustle is a triumph of style.
Philadelphia Inquirer - 10/10 by Steven ReaBig 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.