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American Gangster Reviews

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½ May 5, 2018
great movie. very long but keeps you interested throughout. great acting and good characters. well made overall (2 viewings)
½ April 15, 2018
Washigton and Crowe keep the movie's quality high with solid performances
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½ April 15, 2018
At first, Scott seems like the perfect director for this material (not being American does allow him to view the story at a dispassionate distance) but ultimately he doesn't seem sure of how to frame the narrative. Ultimately it all proves to be as generic and shapeless as the movie's title.
March 31, 2018
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½ March 10, 2018
goodfellas of 21st century.
March 7, 2018
Itīs a very good movie
February 17, 2018
Filmed in old school style, Ridley Scott crime-drama certainly has the strength that characterizes most American gangster flicks, including neat direction, characters and the always reliable "based on a true story" trademark to power things up, but some pacing issues get in the way in what else could've been Denzel Washington's roll of his life, but although the movie lacks a strong enough focus, it can help but to shine among Scott's best, thanks to an effective style and A+ cast.
½ February 10, 2018
This is one of my very favorite movies if only because Denzel carries the whole damn thing.
½ February 2, 2018
There have been better gangster films, but this one is a solid entry in the genre. Russell Crowe's good guy persona was rather bland, so it was Denzel's mafia boss character, Frank Lucas, that owns the show by a mile, depicting a ruthless man who won't back down from anything or anyone.
½ January 22, 2018
Like most of Denzel's movies, get ready to be drawn in quickly. The story is good and has a little bit of action. Definitely worth a watch.
January 12, 2018
Great movie with a stellar job by Denzel. At times feels a little formulaic but given is based on a true story I can forgive most of this. Rusty is his usual self but all in all a great movie.
½ December 27, 2017
Never quite reaches the heights of a Scorsese gangster film but the 2 leads keep it entertaining.
An extra star for Denzel.
December 13, 2017
The talented repertoire of talent fall flat in a film that should've been of masterpiece, but is anything but
½ December 5, 2017
I like the movie. Watched it on Netflix after the new Blade Runner movie. Wanted to know more about Ridley Scott.
November 29, 2017
Gritty tale of drugs in the big bad city, Denzel Washingtonputs in an amazing performance as the villain. Ridley Scott keeps the story moving and captures the mood and sleez of the characters and the times.
October 17, 2017
One of My favorite gangster movies!!
September 25, 2017
Meh. It gets good but it's way to long. The first hour and a half is very boring
½ September 4, 2017
Featuring strong performances from Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe, "American Gangster" is an underrated gem by Ridley Scott.
½ August 3, 2017
This biographical crime film has a solid cast who all act really well, it looks superb, the score/soundtrack is decent, it has an engrossing plot and it is generally entertaining. It is however narratively predictable, somewhat cliched, the script cannot sustain the lengthy runtime while also never really having the conviction to deride the main character and his criminal ways.
½ July 10, 2017
Close to perfect. Once again, hats off to Ridley!
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