American Gangster Reviews

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November 24, 2020
Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe deliver unbeatable performances with keen character development and a detailed screenplay.
September 2, 2020
American Gangster is a modestly flawed yet consistently entertaining crime drama.
October 29, 2019
A highly entertaining crime epic that may feel a little familiar, but succeeds thanks to the star power of its two leads.
July 17, 2019
[Denzel Washington] is all charisma. [Full review in Spanish]
June 5, 2019
Something akin to a time warp, stepping back into a time of higher filmmaking integrity and more personal visions.
November 3, 2012
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.
July 14, 2011
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.
July 7, 2010
American Gangster is an epic, true crime drama, that although not entirely original in its premise is excellent in its execution.
August 27, 2009
Flattened by Scott's cardboard evocation of New York in the '70s, Zaillian's shallow criticism of corrupting power, and weirdly bloodless performances
April 23, 2009
File this one under "American Oscar Wanna-Be."
February 2, 2009
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.
October 18, 2008
October 18, 2008
Ridley Scott's gangster flick aims high and mostly measures up.
May 20, 2008
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.
May 1, 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.
March 4, 2008
It feels familiar, even Washington's performance of real-life Frank Lucas feels like something we've seen before.
February 28, 2008
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.
February 19, 2008
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.
February 12, 2008
Best of all, there are top-flight performances from both Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe who create interesting, rounded characters out of potential clichés.
February 3, 2008
Scott's not interested in fireworks but small implosions of the soul and ego.
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