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American Gangster Reviews

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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
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
November 5, 2007
Too low-key to seize hold of the imagination, 'American Gangster' is divided against itself, stylistically and story-wise.
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
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
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 1, 2007
[Ridley Scott] wants to make a Godfather-style epic, and he doesn't have the horses -- or the story -- to pull it off.
| Original Score: 2/4
Chris Barsanti
November 1, 2007
takes what should have been a mesmerizing slice of urban historical grit and grinds it into roughly two hours of standard issue cinema
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
October 28, 2007
Not only is American Gangster dumb as a rock, but it's also far too convinced of its import to be any fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Kam Williams
November 4, 2007
An irresistibly seductive celebration of a monster which will undoubtedly deliver the wrong message to many an impressionable young mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Joshua Tyler
October 26, 2007
Two and a half hours is excessive for a film that's barely better than a mildly acceptable diversion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
November 15, 2007
Length does not add substance to the drama, even where reality adds weight to the argument.
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
November 3, 2007
Frank Lucas is angry. You won't like him when he's angry.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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
Matt Pais
November 1, 2007
First-rate visually but otherwise shooting blanks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 1, 2007
...a bloated crime tome that meanders far too much before it gets to its point. In addition, I did not care once I got there.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 2, 2007
It all seemed like the usual big-budgeted and star-packed middlebrow liberal Hollywood gangster film veering between being serious and nonsensical.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 2, 2007
The entire movie is caught between being a work of seriousness and a work of absurdity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 2, 2007
Every bit as generic as its title, American Gangster is a Frankenstein creature of a film, put together from the parts of other famous gangster flicks yet lacking in both the fury and wild-eyed vision the best of the genre have to offer.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
November 2, 2007
In its title character, the movie has created a murdering, dope-slinging millionaire from the streets that even Denzel Washington has managed to make boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
November 2, 2007
Ridley Scott's listless Big Statement is a wheezy, hot air-inflated dud.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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