American Hustle Reviews

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Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
July 14, 2015
Vaults heedlessly between bedraggled comedy and serious-stakes scenes in which the director shuts off the fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Stuckmann
ChrisStuckmann.com
April 23, 2015
Pure, raw energy.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
John Anderson
America Magazine
February 6, 2015
Few are the films that can be described as profoundly artistic and deliriously entertaining, substantial and soufflé-like. Noble, and screwy.
Mark Hughes
Forbes
August 2, 2014
David O. Russell has made an amazing film here, filled with some of the most complicated, well-developed, and fascinating characters to grace the screen this year.
Clayton Davis
AwardsCircuit.com
July 28, 2014
It's confusing in tone, though very funny at times, especially coming from Cooper and Lawrence, but by the end, Russell feels he's warranted an emotional reaction from the audience when he's done anything but.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
June 28, 2014
An entertaining but bloated, starry, Grand Hotel-sized con artist caper that looks, sounds and feels like Scorsese without a smidgen of the electricity he effortlessly brings to his pictures.
Melissa Anderson
Artforum
May 22, 2014
The movie's greatest strength [is] Russell's magnanimity toward his characters, an equable, never cloying embrace of their imperfections.
Colin Biggs
Movie Mezzanine
May 5, 2014
David O. Russell has a gift for the farce at work in American institutions, and in American Hustle he's created another instant classic.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jason Best
Movie Talk
May 4, 2014
David O Russell's film fizzes with energy and wit, bowling along with a brio that matches the quick-wit and razzle-dazzle of its con artists.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Brad Keefe
Columbus Alive
April 23, 2014
David O. Russell's '70s caper nearly out-Scorseses Scorsese. Rollicking fun stuffed into '70s wrapping paper.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Ray Pride
Newcity
April 7, 2014
Amy Adams is spectacular, febrile, dramatic, comic, sharp, sarcastic and magnificent to look upon, especially her soaring laughter in an explosive comic-sexual scene set in a nightclub ladies' room stall.
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
March 5, 2014
To call the end result an absolute triumph would undercut more apropos labels; it seeks to be one of the best films of the year, and transcends that goal.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
February 7, 2014
Pode até ser uma espécie de Os Bons Companheiros versão light, mas não deixa de ser incrivelmente divertido.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kate Stables
Sight and Sound
February 6, 2014
Like the Abscam con, the film is a convincing confection, so well played that we don't care if it's the real deal or not.
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
February 6, 2014
Look, I think this is a fabulous film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
February 6, 2014
One of the films of the year for me.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
February 3, 2014
A fun, energetic caper that tries hard to make you love its characters, but mostly fails to succeed..
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
January 31, 2014
Definitely an actor's film, with some great moments and terrific performances within an uneven story backed by a killer 70's soundtrack.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Simon Weaving
Screenwize
January 22, 2014
Wide characters, deep storytelling, bad hair and a great 1970s soundtrack fill this stylishly seductive comedy about small time con artists working their way up the food chain.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
January 16, 2014
What could have been a trifling little caper movie becomes, in the hands of Russell and his superb cast, a rich, character-driven film of humor, drama and surprising warmth.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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