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.
November 15, 2007
A cocksure upstart that has swaggered onto the scene, confident that it can take its place at the table with the big boys.
November 14, 2007
Like much of his oeuvre, Scott's scaled-up movie is bigger than life - and lesser for it. But while never digging deeply or darkly enough to match its own grand vision of itself, slick technique drives the story forward with pace and style.
November 14, 2007
Almost makes up for GI Jane.
November 6, 2007
How much truth we get in the movie version is hard to say...nobody much cares if it's gospel, as long as it's riveting. Here, alas, it is not.
November 6, 2007
A guaranteed shot of pure heart-pumping entertainment.
November 5, 2007
For all its grit, style and atmosphere, Gangster never sweeps you away. It has neither the lurid bravado of De Palma's "Scarface" nor the intimate grasp of the criminal lifestyle you find in Scorsese or Coppola.
November 2, 2007
Washington's steely grip on his impersonation of Frank Lucas holds the film together.
November 2, 2007
Ridley Scott's listless Big Statement is a wheezy, hot air-inflated dud.
November 2, 2007
An intelligent, well-made and seductive movie.
November 2, 2007
Scott guided Crowe to an Oscar in Gladiator, and once more he brings out the actor's vulnerable side.
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.
November 2, 2007
American Gangster is an enjoyable double character study, and the movie's length ultimately becomes an advantage.
November 2, 2007
As with an earlier star who fed off career criminals, Humphrey Bogart, there is always something a bit smarmy about Washington, even in his heroic mode; the nastier his character grows, the looser his acting becomes.
November 2, 2007
Their ambition is out there. But for all the sprawl, American Gangster feels secondhand. It's like Scarface drained of blood, at arm's length from the culture that spawned it.
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