• 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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Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

Washington towers above everything in this impressive, tough and long crime drama, convincingly putting his stamp on the elegant man whose callousness alternates with chivalry

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

January 8, 2008
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com

With all of the bulk, but none of the substance, of your average epic production, American Gangster lumbers across the screen with such obviousness that it is almost shocking.

Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com | Original Score: 41/100

January 7, 2008
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald

One of the most intelligent gangster movies in years.

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Original Score: 4/5

January 4, 2008
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Familiar territory, movingly if not memorably explored.

Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: B+

January 2, 2008
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

When the two get together, the fireworks fly and you realize you are seeing two of the best, EVER, at the top of their game.

Full Review Source: Nolan's Pop Culture Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 15, 2007
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs

To Ridley Scott, Frank Lucas is less Superfly and more David Glass.

Full Review Source: Film Snobs | Original Score: 8/10

November 28, 2007
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

I'm a fan of well-done gangster movies and this one is well-done, just not well-done enough.

Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Original Score: 3/4

November 24, 2007
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

American Gangster is an interesting movie, but it never reaches the moment when it rises above the cop vs. crook genre to instant classic status.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 21, 2007
Roger Tennis
Cinemaclips.com

Thanks to the dynamic stars, "American Gangster" won't get a bad rap and will join the ranks of crime classics like "Scarface" and "Serpico".

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

November 19, 2007
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

For all its familiar trappings, director Ridley Scott and writer Steven Zaillian invest their tale with plenty of verve, even if they frequently soft-pedal the deeds of their real-life protagonist.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 3/4

November 18, 2007
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

an intriguing crime saga that is long on atmosphere and short on momentum

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 17, 2007
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

It's a rare instance of a movie gangster, though wrapped in the unavoidable cloak of big-screen glamour, being held to account for the retail-level destruction caused by his criminal operation.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News | Original Score: B+

November 17, 2007
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review

Let me say it again, this is the kind of movie that Oscar voters love.

Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review

November 17, 2007
Matthew Turner
thelondonpaper

An intricately woven account of drug trafficking and police corruption in Harlem in the early 1970s.

Full Review Source: thelondonpaper | Original Score: 4/5

November 16, 2007
Anthony Quinn
Independent

Ridley Scott's American Gangster offers both belated history-lesson and demented hero-worship, and seems to be intended as a kind of gift to black America. One hopes that black America will have nothing to do with it.

Full Review Source: Independent | Original Score: 1/5

November 16, 2007

Sun Online

Two and a half hours without a wasted frame.

Full Review Source: Sun Online | Original Score: 5/5

November 16, 2007
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph

Scott is something of a romantic at heart. His film is nowhere near as jaded or as hard-bitten as the '70s films such as The French Connection or Serpico that it hopes to echo.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph

November 16, 2007
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

Here's a startlingly original true-life story told in an oddly unoriginal way. And that attempt at instant classic status in the title doesn't quite convince. It's got no more dark grandeur than American Idol.

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

November 16, 2007
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

Pet peeves aside though, both Denzel and Crowe delivered.

Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium | Original Score: 6/10

November 16, 2007
Derek Malcolm
This is London

Sharp, observant and true to the period, the film-making is, on the whole, less determined to show its virtuosity than in Scott's other work.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 4/5

November 15, 2007
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