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American Hustle

2013
Comedy
Drama
2h 18m
A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive British partner Sydney Prosser is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso. DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia. (imdb)
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American Hustle

2013
Comedy
Drama
2h 18m
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Rated 22 Dec 2013
20
11th
I was really struggling to keep my concentration for this. At one point I considered walking out. I think you could cut out about an hour from the middle and lose nothing, because nothing happened. It manages a few chuckles but there's no plot! They just tried to cram as many A-listers in as they could and gave them absolutely nothing to do! They have the set up at the beginning and then basically abandon it until the end. There's no build up. It's a poor man's Boogie Nights. Just rewatch that!
Rated 02 Mar 2014
59
36th
My biggest problem is that there is no unspoken symbolism in the movie. Everything is discussed in case the audience has been so mesmerized by the hair and performances. I was so entranced that when Jennifer Lawrence talks about her nail polish being beautiful but rotten underneath, I made no connection until Jennifer Lawrence later told me that the nail polish was like the characters! Now I get it. Thanks moving pictures, you never let me fall behind.
Rated 05 Jan 2014
2
14th
I was just absolutely not on this movie's wavelength almost from minute one. It's well-made in terms of performances and cinematography and editing, but the actual story it told and the characters involved just laid on screen like a dead fish for me. I saw this a few days after Wolf of Wall Street, a movie an hour longer, and this one somehow felt TWICE as long as Wolf. I was squirming and praying for it to end by the time the credits hit. If I'd been watching at home I would have turned it off.
Rated 13 Mar 2014
56
32nd
Amy Adams And Jennifer Lawrence In Sexy 70's Dresses And Oh Yeah I Guess There's Also a Story Somewhere But We Forgot To Try And Make You Care Whoops But Everyone ACTS And Has Weird Hair So That's Cool Right?
Rated 30 Dec 2013
3
28th
So astoundingly contrived. A movie you will not remember in 6 months. You can tell that the script wasn't really panned out --- way too much crappy improvising. Russell was more in love with the sets then the story but I guess it's normal for a Boomer to jerk off about the 70's. Desperately wants to be Scorsese or even PTA but just fails miserably. Really can't understand the hype for Russell's last two films. Also, Jack Huston looks weird with an entire face.
Rated 31 Dec 2013
70
45th
I'm not sure if I need to re-watch this or what. Everything just kind of fell flat for me. Most of the cast was fantastic (particularly Bale and Renner), but the whole film felt really cartoony with unnaturally inconsistent characters. Well made, though. That's for sure.
Rated 23 Dec 2013
85
86th
Jeremy Renner's character is almost better than all the Amy Adams sideboobarama
Rated 29 Jan 2014
55
39th
As a comedy, it fails. Had it not come out on top of a wave of hype I might have been able to enjoy it more, as a somewhat entertaining style over substance romp. But, although Lawrence's gameness made an impression and Renner's character brought some much needed heart, the type of attention-hogging "big acting" that Christian Bale in particular goes for does very little for me. And the plot moved woefully slow. Academy, somebody's got to be the voice of reason here... so thank God for me!
Rated 04 Jul 2014
88
57th
Russell seems like a mock-Scorsese in this. That isn't really a bad thing. It doesn't feel like a Scorsese screenplay. Bale and Adams are great, and I though Lawrence was as good as she usually is. The setting and feeling on the 1970s feels right. It's really well-written and made. I don't remember liking this as much as everyone else, but I also remember thinking all of the criticism was to criticizing.I will have to go back and watch it again some day but I still think it is good.
Rated 12 Jan 2014
60
33rd
This film took modern A-listers and a needlessly obfuscated plot, and forced it into a wannabe 90s Scorsese mold. Disappointing and unengaging in almost every aspect. I liked the soundtrack, but more often than not it took me out of the film. Passed the time but would not watch again and cannot recommend.
Rated 23 Jan 2014
1
8th
Do people actually honestly enjoy this? I want to know if in a years time (for me it was a day) what you can tell me about this. Absolute nonsense and will be completely forgotten about but, shit, its a golden globe winner, so I'm clearly in the minority...
Rated 22 Jan 2014
40
13th
As it lacks a decent distinct voice, it makes its way through constant overacting -- often taking place in the same room --, showy camera movements -- or: empty tracking shots --, and multiple voice-overs that emphasize how badly written this script was -- I mean, you can't say Nixon and Carter's names in a sentence just to inform you are in the 70s, ok? A fascinating act of extravaganza -- Amy Adams screaming in the bathroom, J-Law singing a revenge song -- closed by a that's-it? climax.
Rated 18 Nov 2015
70
43rd
Style over substance. Bangin' soundtrack, sexy actors in the sexy 70s with snazzy outfits and stylish sets and, and, and... oh my me, we forgot to write a fucking movie.
Rated 24 Dec 2013
80
80th
It's good to see Russell break out his notes and do a con film as good as the greats. At time I felt like I was watching Scorsese or even Tarantino. The writing was funny. All four stars gave very memorable performances (including Louis C.K.). Jennifer Lawrence totally fucking nailed it. The best part is he made this a rewatchable favorite for years to come. A masterpiece in film? No. A fantastic flick that I'll never get tired of seeing? That's a bingo.
Rated 01 Jan 2014
80
71st
This is performance pornography. Is there a single name actor in this flick that doesn't nail their role? And I love this movie's soundtrack, from Duke Ellington and Chicago to Sinatra and Thelonious Monk. The dialogue is quick-witted, and the whole feel of the movie is entertaining and light, given that we're talking about ABSCAM and some pretty serious subject matter. It skews a little over-the-top and cartoony at times, but I get the feeling that was an intentional stylistic choice. See it!
Rated 02 Jan 2014
60
52nd
J-Law and a great soundtrack saves the day from what otherwise would have been known as "that one with funny hair and Amy Adams' sideboobs".
Rated 20 Dec 2013
66
79th
Arguably one of the best acted movies of the year, this is exciting, well-made, and way too much fun. It's entertaining, and its absurdly out-of-control narrative leads to a surprising amount of humor. The period style really shines through too. It's not quite "The Sting", but it's really, really solid, and highly enjoyable.
Rated 20 Dec 2013
80
80th
This movie really needs to put 'Special Thanks to Martin Scorsese' in the credits. This movie is just so fun and ridiculous, it's truly amazing. There's a few things holding it back from being a classic; namely some of the monologues at the beginning (really borrowing from Goodfellas) and Lawerence seeming just a bit out of place compared to the rest of the cast. But even still she's fine and Bale, Cooper, C.K., Adams, Renner....and whoever else was great. Seriously, Cooper has an excellent perm
Rated 21 Dec 2013
72
58th
Russell is such a piece of shit. This isn't even really a "good" movie, just well-crafted. It's basically early PTA without any of the virtuosity. The narrative is a unwieldy and the characters are kind of boring cartoons, but it all sort of works off of its own momentum. Also, because it uses 10538 Overture. Nothing meaningful but an entertaining and nicely made piece of fluff.
Rated 08 Jun 2021
51
14th
It wants to be Goodfellas so bad as Russell goes all out with a manic energy. In his early works, the screwball comedy was cool and focused. But he's crazy here as the actors improvise songs, dances, and entire scenes, and the camera struggles to keep up. You'd be better off watching a local improv group. It could've been an interesting story on the buried theme of how people see what they want to believe. Instead it just becomes another lackluster Scorescese-esque macho psycho romp. Avoid.
Rated 26 Dec 2013
73
59th
Movie would alternate between really good scenes, and then boring stretches that reminded me of other better movies I wish I was watching. Good performances all around, which seems to be rare in this super-ensomble movies these days.
Rated 12 Feb 2014
65
31st
So this is 'High Concept' in Hollywoodslang? Great cast, a famous director, y-chromosome pleasing ... Now if only they had a script. The whole narrative felt like they made it up as they went, with a whole bunch of silly turns and an ending that feels both obvious and deflated. Russell may seem like a nice guy, but he is just a con man trying to trick us into buying a fake Scorsese.
Rated 20 May 2014
45
33rd
Confirms David O. Russell as the current occupier of Hollywood's 'most overrated' spot. It's admittedly far from terrible, and can be recommended for a single watch, but O. Russell's style is lost on me (he just seems to be trying way too hard!). It's a good 20 minutes too long also, with non-entities for characters and flat screenplay. Credit has to go to Lawrence for the stand out performance I guess.
Rated 14 Jun 2014
55
19th
Feels derivative of Scorsese and makes you wish that you were actually watching a Scorsese film instead. This is another Russell film full of empty acting for acting's sake moments. When you can't remember a single line of memorable dialogue or an interesting scene you know it has no substance. Adams and Lawrence take turns yelling, tossing their hair around, acting bipolar, and vamping in sexy dresses. Everything else, including the tedious and lame plot, is background noise. Overrated junk.
Rated 02 Jan 2014
84
65th
How could the rest of the film possibly live up to the brilliant, several-minute-long scene of Christian Bale carefully assembling his elaborate comb over?
Rated 09 Jan 2014
7
68th
The film is the definition of harmless fun: there is little engagement to any kind of plot, but the characters are simply too interesting to disregard a viewing. Christian Bale, Renner, and even Cooper, who I usually dislike, are all on cue. Good music. Some cool directorial choices like that dry cleaning belt scene. Ultimately though, there is no dividend to the emotional investment that is American Hustle. Why did women not wear bras in the 70s? Yes, I am complaining about boobs in film.
Rated 12 Jan 2014
60
17th
If he weren't trying to replicate Scorsese, Russell could have a good story here. Here's the thing, though: Russell is a bad director. The interesting aspects of the story move along well with the performances, but the way that the movie is structured, everything peters out in an artistically untenable way. I don't like David O. Russell. This film is making the case for me.
Rated 18 Dec 2013
88
81st
Funny, stylish, and entertaining. I honestly didn't know what to expect when I went to see this movie, but I was pleasantly surprised by the experience. Lawrence and especially Adams shine here as highly dynamic characters with a wide emotional range to explore. The film has some issues with inconsistent tone in my opinion, but I think it is spanning a strange mix of genres (crime thriller/drama/comedy) and it mostly handles this complexity well.
Rated 15 Feb 2014
2
31st
Are you freakin' kidding me!? 10 Academy Nominations? I truly don't understand the hype around this movie; it was barely mediocre. Some okay acting perfomances here and there, but the plot was too slow paced and the soundtrack was stupid. Seriously, I know it's the 70's, you don't have to repeatedly spell it out for me! The story itself, is actually kind of exciting, but horribly executed. Scorsese should have made this movie and O. Russel should stick to minor plots from now on! - Okay (barely)
Rated 22 Dec 2013
80
70th
Entertaining talky caper film, great characters. The climax and conclusion seemed very weak for all the buildup and length of the film. Also, Louis CK, as much as I love the guy, probably shouldn't be a dramatic actor, the other performances made him really stand out.
Rated 01 Feb 2014
10
6th
I'm at a loss as to why this is receiving such high praise. Aside from Bale's decent performance I see nothing much more than a movie that thinks it's way smarter than it really is. I couldn't have cared any less about the characters, I quickly lost interest in the plot and eventually couldn't wait for it to end. Dull, self-conscious hipster nonsense.
Rated 30 Dec 2013
35
26th
Essentially an exercise in "why bother." Russell says it's really about the characters, but the only thing I really cared about was the friendship between Irving and Carmine, yet that's eschewed for a love triangle that's so absurd it borders on farce. Also, we seriously never get to hear the end of the ice fishing story? I wanted a No Country for Old Men-style ending and instead we got a happily ever after. Booo.
Rated 30 Dec 2013
66
74th
Everyone is great, except Jennifer Lawrence, who overacts most of the time she's on screen, Could have been shorter; the ending kind of sucks and seems tacked on.
Rated 01 Mar 2014
63
46th
Professional and serviceable, occasionally quite funny, though ultimately empty period piece. Oscar-worthy makeup and production design wrapped around actors running around for 2 1/2 hours in a standardised conman plot that we've seen a million times before. Russell has nothing to say, but he won't shut up any time soon, and at least he does it with style. But seriously, between this and "Argo", it's time for a 70s moratorium.
Rated 09 Feb 2014
6
34th
Russell continues his journey down the mainstream path with another audience pandering dud whose spirit seems forever stuck in a limbo of mediocrity. Everything about it feels empty and incredibly shallow, from the characters' outrageous fashions to its cheap visual tricks. I was literally one push-in away from punching this movie in the face.
Rated 02 Jan 2014
65
20th
The problem here is the casting. People will talk about how Russell is trying to be Scorsese but really that takes a back seat to some of the horrendous miscastings. People like Cooper, and Lawrence just take me out of the film completely. At times it felt more like they were playing adult dressup, but instead of playing house they were playing Goodfellas. Maybe it would have helped if the script was more polished and less improvised. IDK, just hard to get into an otherwise well made film.
Rated 01 Mar 2014
60
40th
i don't get the commotion about this. the only awesome thing here was christian bale's hilariously awkward combover. this movie generally seems to concern itself more with hairdos than anything. everything else is all over the place, trying to serve up everything, none of it particularly working. it's mildly amusing at times, but most of the time i was bored and hoped for some point to something. or for one of amy adams' tits to fall out of her weird pornstar "dresses".
Rated 04 Mar 2014
75
40th
Once again Russell makes a film with superb characters and performances with funny, likeable and creative overtones that ultimately falls short from greatness due to unremarkable storytelling. This may have the most quality components of any of his films yet, but it also has the least satisfying conclusion. My advice to Russell: stop trying to be so damn likeable and take some risks and surprises with your stories!
Rated 03 Jan 2014
90
96th
It's not a cinematic masterpiece and lacks any real depth, but it's the most fun I've had in a cinema in ages. Bale is almost unrecognisable, and Adams is on top form, but the surprise was Lawrence's passive-aggressive super-manipulator stealing every scene she had. The visuals, the sense of fun and the great soundtrack make this a really enjoyable film. Also Amy Adams in a bra-less dress gyrating to Donna Summer. That's pretty much all my fantasies in one scene.
Rated 05 Jan 2014
95
91st
Another fine crime comedy/drama that is once again filled with immaculate style. This has 70's flare and personality all over it, thanks to impressive performances from Bale, Cooper, Adams and the stand-out Lawrence. Her unpredictability and bold accent left you constantly thrilled and engaged. It's a fine cinematic experience. Impeccable clothing, hairstyles and feel. A throw back to a real life scandal set in a fictionalized world of big dreams and manipulation. A wonderful film.
Rated 28 Jan 2014
82
74th
This movie was just a bundle of fun and I think that's all it was going for. A couple moments felt odd or out of place, but any of that was made up for by the incredibly satisfying ending. And look at all the stars of the film: silly hair, fat Christian Bale, Amy Adams' sideboob, and Louis CK. Great cast.
Rated 08 Jan 2014
9
91st
American Hustle was one of my most anticipated films of 2013 and on the whole I had a lot of fun with it. As a crime drama it's nothing particularly groundbreaking. But as a stylish and vibrant piece of filmmaking its a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The whole cast is superb. Bale is the standout, Lawrence humorously steals every scene and I absolutely love Adams here. And Louis C.K is hilarious also. The casting, script, humour, styling and soundtrack are all superb. Hustle is great fun.
Rated 12 Jul 2020
55
24th
You know you're in trouble when even Todd Phillips does a better job copying Scorsese's homework.
Rated 16 Jun 2014
20
6th
The most over rated film of 2013. Not just disappointing after the endless praise, but actually a pretty bad film in general. Bad direction and a horrible script mar American Hustle, and while the actors are clearly trying very hard, the characters are pitiful and don't offer anything intriguing.
Rated 21 Mar 2014
69
47th
It was entertaining, but Russell's films always seem to fall into this weird "fun to watch but hollow and quickly forgettable" zone that makes it hard for me to rate them, let alone recommend them. This one is no different in that regard. The best part was undoubtedly Louis C.K.'s role, and the interplay between him and Cooper.
Rated 09 Feb 2014
55
34th
American Hustle is held together by its actors who do good work. But this overlong mess, though stylish and mildly engaging, is simply smoke and mirrors. There is nothing underneath.
Rated 17 Jan 2014
64
39th
All (of Scorsese's) style with no(ne of Scorsese's) substance. The performances are great, as are the wigs, but otherwise I'm pretty confused by the reception it's been getting.
Rated 19 Jan 2014
63
18th
Hoo boy, what an uneven mess. There's a lot of good but a lot of bad. The good - Bale, Lawrence, and Renner are all phenomenal. Production design is wonderful, fluid cinematography. The bad - I hated Cooper, he was too unhinged and it felt out of place. The narration was awful, the tone was sporadic, the whole thing felt hastily spliced together. It's at its best near the end, when the film just plays out without having to tell us all the exposition.
Rated 27 Jan 2014
32
10th
Despite Silver Linings being my favorite movie of the year before, it was clearly a fluke for Russell, who returns to cheap, inconsequential storytelling he displayed in his other films. I feel bad for the talented cast (esp. Louis CK!!!) because these turn out to be over-acted showy caricatures thrown into an uninteresting and not-so-convoluted plot. I also feel bad for the great songs which are played over slow-mo or montages for the sake of... reminding us that its the 70s?
Rated 19 Jul 2014
58
42nd
The general story telling and camera movements have been compared to Scorsese, while the tendency towards improvisation and extended dramatic scenes has been compared to Cassavetes. Unfortunately Russell doesn't really compare to those directors on any meaningful level. He lacks Scorsese's energy and keen sense of visual language, while his extended takes rarely penetrate the surface of the characters. It's entertaining and well performed but ultimately forgettable.
Rated 17 Jul 2015
50
23rd
The performances are mostly very good even despite the movie being full of that incredibly annoying kind of capital A ACTING, but I really didn't give a shit about any of it. Characters were mostly unlikable and the whole thing just felt bloated and slow.
Rated 01 Feb 2014
67
28th
A total snoozefest that hustled me out of 10 dollars. Giving uninteresting characters funny haircuts doesn't make them interesting, and Russell neither broke new ground nor did anything well enough to merit the praise this film has been receiving.
Rated 21 Dec 2013
0
0th
First off, the sexiest thing in this film was Amy Adams taking a dump. Not since Fred Zinnemann has a director been so utterly useless. He's dickless, and who takes good actors and does nothing with them? They're dying there! With the exception of Robert De Niro. Nothing new, nothing fancy, he's a gangster, but still good. If Christian Bale wants to cover up his baldness he should wear the Batman cowl oh wait he can't even play Batman right cuz he's a shit actor o/
Rated 21 Dec 2013
86
88th
Fantastic stuff. Russell is clearly channeling Scorsese here, but luckily he has the talent and ambition to pull off such energy and pure cinematic sweep (pop music, voiceovers and all). He's also fantastic with actors, all of whom do excellent work. Only possible complaint would be that it gets too scattered the longer it goes, but it seems to me, judging from this film and his past couple, that Russell actually thrives in messiness and confusion. A wonderfully entertaining and hilarious film.
Rated 22 Dec 2013
74
63rd
Amazing cast - twenty minutes too long - character drama is somewhat inconsistent - Louis CK and J-Law are standouts - needed more humor and less navel-gazing.
Rated 22 Dec 2013
65
45th
I recognize this movie was good and I did enjoy it. I can't say it clicked with me though. Not sure why so many people are saying it's hilarious. Ending does not match the build-up and too often the characters go over-the-top and become cartoonish. I'm pretty sure they were instructed to do, but it was off putting for me. Overall it's good and will probably be one of those movies most everyone enjoys more than I do.
Rated 23 Dec 2013
80
65th
Frenetic, over the top, kind of exhausting, and really well acted across the board. Works better as a series of high-energy scenes than it does as a complete narrative. It's still plenty of fun being around the chaos for the duration and it never seems self-important.
Rated 23 Dec 2013
82
80th
David O. Russell delivers great performances from his actors, which are abundant in his latest affair. That, paired with wonderful direction, makes American Hustle one of the year's greats. The done-over plot, however, keeps it from reaching anything more than this. Still, watching Jennifer Lawrence absolutely steal every scene is worth every penny of admission.
Rated 26 Dec 2013
92
85th
Okay, here we go: this is Bale's and Cooper's best performances to date, as well as O. Russell's best film. It's absurdly entertaining from the first shot of Bale's huge gut to the last and is chock full of colourful characters portrayed by a tremendous cast, including a fun cameo from De Niro. Even with the stars left right and centre, Louie C.K. deserves a shoutout for holding his own and giving one of my favorite performances of the year. Everyone should have a ball watching this.
Rated 12 Apr 2014
86
79th
Firstly, a lot of people obviously worked very hard to make this film enjoyable. From script to costume design it looks and feels excellent. However, it's Christian Bale's standout role of Irving Rosenfeld that elevates this film to entertaining levels. Bale is the first person we see on screen and from then on I was hooked on his performance. It's when he's on screen that the film really comes to life and his chemistry with Adams, Lawrence and Renner is clear for all to see. Great final act.
Rated 02 Mar 2014
67
26th
Just as it's stated numerous times in the movie, we're all conning in our lives. So do the actors, and so do the characters in the movie, numerous times. The act of conning, paired with the tremendous acting effort of all leads, is what made this movie a really fun ride. The lack of mostly everything else will make me forget it in a fortnight. Really enjoyable, but not particulary memorable. Oh... and I love Holywood without bras!
Rated 29 Dec 2013
94
88th
Easily the best acted movie this year. No real stand outs because of how excellent everyone was. The complex characters help carry the story which does feel a tad to long. Also so much Amy Adams side boob. Like a shit load. No go watch you cant even believe how much tasteful side boob is in the movie
Rated 01 Aug 2015
60
41st
It's slick and detailed with exceptional production value, and certainly enjoyable for the most part with a tight plot and script, and even some great humour. Yet despite the buzz about the acting, Bale and Adams are mediocre and Lawrence is simply awful (and completely miscast); of the main cast, only Cooper and Renner offer the excellent performances that Russell features have become known for.
Rated 30 Dec 2013
65
39th
After all the ballyhoo (especially by the critics) , i was underwhelmed by the movie.
Rated 26 Jan 2014
80
58th
"American Hustle" is a glamorous showcase of great acting assemble. Even if there is a sign of being messy and a lousy fast pace that eventually led to a predictable resolution. Somewhat it begs a little confusion by quickly resolve the exciting trickery of a con artist in his best. Nonetheless, it never truly outshine David O.Russel great direction and his group of high standard actors.
Rated 04 Mar 2014
70
53rd
Extremely watchable due to a truly stellar cast.
Rated 20 Jan 2014
80
66th
My high mark is for the top-notch acting and writing, but the slow pace and longer-than-necessary runtime keep me from rating American Hustle higher. Certainly worth the watch though.
Rated 31 Dec 2013
80
67th
A fun experience but flawed. Some of the humour falls flat, it's a tad too long, the drama is not always on point, BUT when it works, it really works. The ice fishing story gag was great, the "science oven" gag was also fantastic, and I did chuckle a fair amount. I was interested in the plot which twisted quite a bit. It's kind of a strange movie tonally, which I feel is a plus, and it's a wonderfully acted movie all across the board. It's not AMAZING, but it's a damn good time.
Rated 26 Mar 2016
4
0th
Totally unwatchable garbage that thinks it is sooooo smart! ... So smart that you have to tell the audience what is going on the the whole way through, apparently. Actually that might not be true, because I turned off after about 30 minutes to cut my toenails.... it might have got better ....
Rated 02 Sep 2016
2
21st
Crime dramedy about cheats and cons, deceptive two-faces who wear 70s fashion like clown costumes. It's exactly as trite as it sounds. Unfunny and unengaging.
Rated 09 Feb 2014
60
54th
Fuck J-law. Cooper is the real talent here.
Rated 02 Feb 2014
20
4th
Nothing special. Just put together a bunch of A listers in a gangster type movie and wait to collect at the box offices and the oscars.
Rated 24 Mar 2014
76
79th
Oscar-winning acting by Amy Adams and Christian Bale.
Rated 02 Jan 2014
95
91st
Outstanding crime drama is distinguished by some of the most organically hilarious scenes and scenarios in recent memory; this cock-eyed mix of Scorsese and Coen sensibilities hits every ball out of the park, thanks to gorgeously glossy cinematography, an impeccably chosen vintage pop soundtrack and (especially) the incredible performances right down the line; Bale, Adams and Cooper are equally sublime, but Lawrence's devilishly clever riff on the "dumb blonde" is far and away the standout.
Rated 02 Jan 2014
74
72nd
A nice bunch of top notch actors. The set up was well done and the latter part worked okay. In the middle there was some issues and the whole thing felt a bit too long. Adams and Bale did a very good job though they did not have much of chemistry in-between.
Rated 23 Mar 2014
69
73rd
What a slick Scorsese movie looks like when David O. Russell makes it. His patented full force neuroticism is on display again with another talented cast.
Rated 03 Jan 2014
60
55th
Like Silver Linings, it comes completely unglued in the final act. A travesty of poor editing and lack of general cohesion, American Hustle starts as a fun, engaging character drama disguised as a crime film. It devolves quickly, becoming a victim of its style rather than a product of it. Russell had it right with Three Kings and Huckabees, not with Hustle.
Rated 03 Jan 2014
90
78th
Ridiculous fun. A little loose, but basically a fabulous costume epic.
Rated 11 Jan 2015
80
77th
Pretty great acting but the story got too convoluted.
Rated 20 Jan 2014
57
45th
Entertaining thanks to an ensemble of fine actors all dressed up as funny characters of some sorts.
Rated 04 Jan 2014
88
90th
People will say it's messy and unfocused and they're right. But I don't think it harms the picture that much. The performances are great, a bit over the top for sure, but that's perfect in a farce. The characters are ridiculous and believable at the same time and that helps keep the con-man part of the film going and gives it the weight to make up for the lack of tension. It still works, and it's a character study first and comedy second anyway, and both those aspects are great.
Rated 01 Mar 2014
75
65th
The real American Hustle is David O. Russell convincing the powers that be that his films should be nominated for every Oscar. Like equally over-hyped Silver Linings Playbook; I enjoyed American Hustle, I just don't get The Big Fuss. It's good entertainment, but it's no masterpiece by any standard - a weak script dressed up very well. I'm resentful towards the hype of O. Russell's films. Their shortcomings tend to come from their failure to meet standards they shouldn't have been held to.
Rated 27 Jan 2014
37
8th
Yönetmenin neredeyse iki buçuk saat boyunca izleyiciyi eğlendirmek dışında hiçbir derdinin olmaması, hatta bunu bir inatlaşmaya döndürmesi bir yerden sonra gerçekten can sıkıcı olmaya başlıyor. Belki eğlenceli bir film çekmek de bir meziyet ama bana hitap etmediği kesin. 135 dakika boyunca ne zekayı, ne de herhangi bir duyguyu harekete geçirebilen bu filmi isteyen alsın tepe tepe izlesin.
Rated 02 Jul 2014
82
91st
Very good, lots of fun. Well acted, nice twists you feel sudden turns will come but can predict when. Bale in a new character type was perfect to, as was Cooper, 'crazy wife' lawrence and so on. Well done
Rated 11 Aug 2014
60
4th
The dialogue is so labored, so artificial and pretentious that everyone involved must've felt too highly of themselves to probe as deeply or use thinking as critical as they all have in past work. Certain scenes seem either pedantically constrained, just have no purpose, or both. Once you've unraveled the movie's trendy gloss-over, you've got an overblown wannabe of an undertaking, stuffed with nothing more than the bluster of hand-me-down inspiration, gaudy artifice and lugubrious schtick.
Rated 07 Jan 2014
83
67th
Jeremy Renner and Christian Bale's friendship is beautiful.
Rated 08 Jan 2014
60
40th
Even though it was a fun and decent movie with amazing acting, it just didn't click for me and I think it will be forgotten rather quickly, apart from the acting.
Rated 23 Jan 2014
59
27th
The film was boring and slow at some sections, but overall still magnificent with a solid soundtrack selection. Definitely was carried by the cast's performances. And christian bale amazing .
Rated 12 Jan 2014
81
63rd
The plot and direction are really good and focus on detail (from the feet up...) and actors' performances are great. It's a bit slow, especially for a con film (as Hollywood'a got us used to more 'dynamic' but completely overreacted cons...), but it keeps you interested enough. And it does come through at the end :)
Rated 12 Jan 2014
80
77th
I definitely enjoyed it but I can't say why. Do watch it and make up your own mind.
Rated 02 Jun 2015
6
32nd
"American Hustle" is competently crafted and more often than not, entertaining, but in spite of it being technically well made, there's a lack of cohesion that keeps it from being very memorable.
Rated 14 Jan 2014
84
63rd
I don't really know if American Hustle is as substantial as much as David Russell's other work, but it's at least as entertaining a movie. One of the year's best ensembles has great fun playing in this extremely compelling feature-length Hustle episode, and that intimidating runtime breezes by. The period style shines, particularly in a marvellous opening scene starring Bale, and the genre elange is handled with aplomb.
Rated 20 Mar 2014
82
83rd
So campy! I love it.
Rated 03 Mar 2014
64
38th
Louis C. K. goodness
Rated 16 Jan 2014
30
11th
Russell's self-indulgent wannabe-Scorsese effort needlessly drags out a potentially interesting story, focusing on the dullest parts and turning the experience into such an exercise in patience I twice literally screamed "GET ON WITH IT!" at the screen. The cast is decent - as are the performances - but nothing more. Lots of soapy staring and shouting does not great acting make. This one's already ridiculously overrated and awards season has only just begun...
Rated 22 Jan 2014
75
78th
Good acting, solid story, insane sideboobs! I can't really point out any obvious problems with the film, other than not being especially engaging. It is likeable without being amazing, just like every best picture Oscar winner in the last five years...
Rated 12 Apr 2015
92
89th
It is a '30's screwball comedy--think Gable, Lombard, Tracy and Harlow--about a late '70's political scandal that is also an homage in the '90's Scorsese gangster style. I found it delightful, and richer than it first appears--fitting for a film about artifice and authenticity that takes as its principal metaphor the absurdities of toupees, wigs, and disco-period hair. Adams is stunning, Lawrence is electric, and Wenner is perfect as the sad-eyed mayor, a sort of non-psychopathic Joe Pesci.
Rated 16 Jun 2014
75
65th
It's a solid film. Overhyped a bit. A great cast. Solid acting. The story isn't quite as good as it should be and you get bogged down in what ends up being a not very thrilling crime drama which should have tried the comedy thing a bit more.
Rated 19 Mar 2014
70
50th
I'm still pissed we didn't get to hear the ending of the ice fishing story.
Rated 08 Feb 2019
60
32nd
By all accounts this should have been a good movie, but it just falls flat in nearly every regard.

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