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American Gangster Reviews

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Ali Gray
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alex Fletcher
Digital Spy
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 7, 2010
American Gangster is an epic, true crime drama, that although not entirely original in its premise is excellent in its execution.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Fernando F. Croce
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
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
File this one under "American Oscar Wanna-Be."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Bob Mondello
October 18, 2008
Ridley Scott's gangster flick aims high and mostly measures up.
Adam Tobias
Watertown Daily Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
March 4, 2008
It feels familiar, even Washington's performance of real-life Frank Lucas feels like something we've seen before.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Brandon Fibbs
Colorado Springs Gazette
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
February 3, 2008
Scott's not interested in fireworks but small implosions of the soul and ego.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
January 25, 2008
Um filme envolvente que representa mais um alto na carreira repleta de baixos do instável Ridley Scott.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
January 20, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Christian Toto
Washington Times
January 19, 2008
American Gangster delivers fine drama, gripping performances and a dizzy morality tale. But it should have been oh, so much better.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
January 18, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
January 14, 2008
Ridley Scott forgets that editing is an art form as well
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
January 14, 2008
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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
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