• R, 2 hr. 37 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Ridley Scott
    In Theaters:
    Nov 2, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 19, 2008
  • Universal Pictures

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American Gangster Reviews

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Ali Gray
TheShiznit.co.uk

Though it's certainly admirable to aim high, it's like Frank Lucas himself says: "Either you're somebody, or you ain't nobody." Unfortunately for American Gangster, it ends up somewhere between the two.

Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk | Original Score: 3/5

November 3, 2012
Alex Fletcher
Digital Spy

It's 157 minutes long, but immerses its audience with its twists and intricacies as it plays out and considers the logistics and consequences of crime and police corruption, with a plethora of show-stealing performances from the cast.

Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 4/5

July 14, 2011
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

American Gangster is an epic, true crime drama, that although not entirely original in its premise is excellent in its execution.

Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Original Score: 4/5

July 7, 2010
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Flattened by Scott's cardboard evocation of New York in the '70s, Zaillian's shallow criticism of corrupting power, and weirdly bloodless performances

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 27, 2009
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix

File this one under "American Oscar Wanna-Be."

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 2/4

April 23, 2009
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly

When American Gangster was announced, with actors Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe and directed by Ridley Scott, it seemed like a can't miss project. It missed.

Full Review Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly | Original Score: 2.5/5

February 2, 2009
Bob Mondello
NPR.org
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Ridley Scott's gangster flick aims high and mostly measures up.

Full Review Source: NPR.org

October 18, 2008
Adam Tobias
Watertown Daily Times

Washington may have not wanted to glorify the Harlem drug dealer, but with his superb acting skills he has created one of the coolest gangsters since Tony Montana.

Full Review Source: Watertown Daily Times | Original Score: 4/5

May 20, 2008

Telling a true story doesn't excuse a filmmaker from making his movie stand out from the many others that have traversed similar ground.

Full Review Source: MSNBC | Original Score: 2/5

May 1, 2008
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review

It feels familiar, even Washington's performance of real-life Frank Lucas feels like something we've seen before.

Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review | Original Score: 7/10

March 4, 2008
Brandon Fibbs
Colorado Springs Gazette

It isn't that American Gangster is an empirically bad film or is even unenjoyable. But don't be surprised if, when you walk out of the theater, you forget the film ever existed.

Full Review Source: Colorado Springs Gazette | Original Score: 6/10

February 28, 2008
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Inflated talk of American Gangster as a modern masterpiece--or even an Oscar-worthy picture--ignores the fact that there's not a single memorable setpiece in the film.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

February 19, 2008
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)

Best of all, there are top-flight performances from both Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe who create interesting, rounded characters out of potential clichés.

Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Original Score: 4/5

February 12, 2008
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

Scott's not interested in fireworks but small implosions of the soul and ego.

Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly | Original Score: B

February 3, 2008
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Um filme envolvente que representa mais um alto na carreira repleta de baixos do instável Ridley Scott.

Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena | Original Score: 4/5

January 25, 2008
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

Un policial de ritmo tenso y constante, que contrasta a dos personalidades bastante similares a ambos lados de la ley, mientras se deslizan críticas hacia la corrupción política, policial y militar que permite la existencia del narcotráfico.

Full Review Source: Uruguay Total | Original Score: 3/5

January 20, 2008
Christian Toto
Washington Times

American Gangster delivers fine drama, gripping performances and a dizzy morality tale. But it should have been oh, so much better.

Full Review Source: Washington Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 19, 2008
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card

This initially hokey 70's-TV-style production determinedly matures into a motion picture with cinematic impact. Happily, climax/resolution detour from others in the genre.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card | Original Score: 3/4

January 18, 2008
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News

Ridley Scott forgets that editing is an art form as well

| Original Score: 2.5/4

January 14, 2008
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses

anabionei maestrika to gkangksteriko drama palaias kopis, aporriptontas tis spasmodikes eksarseis bias ki ekrikseon, alla horis na krybei ta akonismena dontia poy deihnei sto dolofoniko tis ksekinima, poy ksekatharizei akribos ti eidoys gangster einai o A

Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Original Score: 4.5/5

January 14, 2008
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