American Hustle 2013

American Hustle

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Riotously funny and impeccably cast, American Hustle compensates for its flaws with unbridled energy and some of David O. Russell's most irrepressibly vibrant direction.

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Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) dabbles in forgery and loan-sharking, but when he falls for fellow grifter Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams), things change in a big way. Caught red-handed by FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper), Irv and Sydney are forced to work under cover as part of DiMaso's sting operation to nail a New Jersey mayor (Jeremy Renner). Meanwhile, Irv's jealous wife (Jennifer Lawrence) may be the one to bring everyone's world crashing down. Based on the 1970s Abscam case.

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Christian Bale
Irving Rosenfeld
Bradley Cooper
Richie DiMaso
Jeremy Renner
Mayor Carmine Polito
Amy Adams
Sydney Prosser
Jennifer Lawrence
Rosalyn Rosenfeld
Louis C.K.
Stoddard Thorsen
Jack Huston
Pete Musane
Michael Peña
Paco Hernandez, Sheik Abdullah
Shea Whigham
Carl Elway
Matthew Budman
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Bradley Cooper
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Eric Warren Singer
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Critic Reviews for American Hustle

All Critics (289) | Top Critics (55) | Fresh (267) | Rotten (22)

  • Save your admiration for the performances, especially Lawrence, who is now Hollywood's most important presence in front of the camera.

    January 8, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It turns out that comb-overs, cleavage, cocaine and kookiness are an unbeatable combo.

    January 8, 2014 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Fun, charming, but slight - and way too long and flabby in the girth for such slightness.

    January 6, 2014
  • Director David O. Russell and co-writer Eric Warren Singer grab hold of the FBI's long-time Abscam sting (conducted in the late '70s into 1980) as their kernel of truth, then Jiffy Pop it like mad.

    December 20, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • Ambitious even as it studies, exploits and explodes ambition, "American Hustle" is as good as any American film this year. It's also a lot of fun. Don't miss it.

    December 20, 2013 | Rating: A | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • American Hustle is a movie built on that cornerstone of the American Dream, reinvention. If you're not happy with who you are, or who people think you are, then go ahead and become somebody else. Anything to survive - and thrive.

    December 20, 2013 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for American Hustle

  • Dec 27, 2019
    It's difficult for me to write that I like David O. Russell films. His documented abuse of actors and crew makes me want to hate him and his work. But, I like some of his movies, and this one in particular. I dislike his methods getting there.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Jul 26, 2016
    There are some genuinely funny and well written parts and all the actors are delivering the goods, yet I couldn't help but feel this could have been shorter, more on point. It requires quite some concentration during some parts to follow the details of the caper and the entire who is fooling who. Overall enjoyable, especially the use of music, but slightly overrated compared to Russell's other works.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 08, 2015
    "American Hustle" is an amazing drama film of 2013. "American Hustle" has superb acting from "Christian Bale" and "Jennifer Lawrence". "Jeremy Renner" is a great actor, but in this film he didn't seem to be too believable for the most of this film. The plot to "American Hustle" is that a con artist named "Irving Rosenfeld" who gets caught by the FBI, after he gets caught he must work with the FBI to bring down the mafia to get a reduced sentence. The plot to the film is exciting and the ending is amazing. The dialogue in this film is great, there aren't too many annoying characters, some of the dialogue is funny. The music in "American Hustle" fits in with the scenes perfectly, the music is great for the drama in this film. I liked the way the movie was filmed. The camera man did a great job filming this movie. If you enjoy dramas' then I highly recommend you watch this film as it has superb acting, an amazing plot and great dialogue. I give "American Hustle" an 8.5/10.
    Steve G Super Reviewer
  • May 29, 2015
    Another big winner from one of cinema's finest current writer/directors in David O. Russell's mostly-true account of ABSCAM in which federal agents coerced a couple con artists into exposing corruption and backroom dealing that involved high-ranking politicians. Christian Bale is fantastic and nearly unrecognizable as the con man, while it's wonderful to see Silver Linings Playbook co-stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence reunited onscreen even if their scenes together are brief. Like that movie, this one also unfolds with the tasty precision of a well-crafted novel, and the plot twists in the final third are brilliantly conceived and wholly surprising.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer

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