American Gangster Reviews

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October 18, 2008
Ridley Scott's gangster flick aims high and mostly measures up.
February 21, 2008
February 3, 2008
Scott's not interested in fireworks but small implosions of the soul and ego.
January 4, 2008
One of the most intelligent gangster movies in years.
November 16, 2007
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.
November 15, 2007
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.
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
July 22, 2008
July 9, 2008
Violent, drug-fueled drama isn't for kids.
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 5, 2008
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