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American Gangster Reviews

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Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 8, 2008
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
Jeremy Heilman
January 7, 2008
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 | Original Score: 41/100
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
January 4, 2008
One of the most intelligent gangster movies in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
January 2, 2008
Familiar territory, movingly if not memorably explored.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
December 15, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
November 28, 2007
To Ridley Scott, Frank Lucas is less Superfly and more David Glass.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
November 24, 2007
I'm a fan of well-done gangster movies and this one is well-done, just not well-done enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
November 21, 2007
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
Roger Tennis
November 19, 2007
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
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
November 18, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
November 17, 2007
an intriguing crime saga that is long on atmosphere and short on momentum
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
November 17, 2007
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 | Original Score: B+
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
November 17, 2007
Let me say it again, this is the kind of movie that Oscar voters love.
Matthew Turner
November 16, 2007
An intricately woven account of drug trafficking and police corruption in Harlem in the early 1970s.
| Original Score: 4/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
November 16, 2007
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 | Original Score: 1/5

The Sun (UK)
November 16, 2007
Two and a half hours without a wasted frame.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)
November 16, 2007
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.
Peter Bradshaw
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
November 16, 2007
Pet peeves aside though, both Denzel and Crowe delivered.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
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