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American Hustle (2013)



Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that's as dangerous as it is enchanting. Jeremy Renner is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving's unpredictable wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down. Like David O. Russell's previous films, American Hustle defies genre, hinging on raw emotion, and life and death stakes. (c) Sonymore
Rating: R (for pervasive language, some sexual content and brief violence)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Eric Singer (V) , Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 18, 2014
Box Office: $150.1M
Sony Pictures - Official Site


Christian Bale
as Irving Rosenfeld
Bradley Cooper
as Richie DiMaso
Amy Adams
as Sydney Prosser
Jeremy Renner
as Carmine Polito
Jennifer Lawrence
as Rosalyn Rosenfeld
Louis C.K.
as Stoddard Thorsen
Jack Huston
as Pete Musane
Jack Jones
as Jazz Quartet Singer
Michael Peña
as Paco Hernandez/Sheik...
Shea Whigham
as Carl Elway
Alessandro Nivola
as Anthony Amado
Elisabeth Röhm
as Dolly Polito
Paul Herman
as Alfonse Simone
Said Taghmaoui
as Irv's Sheik Plant
Matthew Russell
as Dominic Polito
Thomas Matthews
as Francis Polito
Anthony Zerbe
as Senator Horton Mitch...
Steve Gagliastro
as Agent Schmidt
Chris Tarjan
as Agent Stock
Zachariah Supka
as Young Irv
Christy Scott Cashma...
as Cosmo Interview Girl
Simon Hamlin
as Photographer
Dawn Olivieri
as Cosmo Girl
Jay Giannone
as Suburban Businessman
Arthur Birnbaum
as Queens Businessman
Rob Dininni
as Desperate Businessma...
Michael Fennimore
as Car Salesman
Corbo Dante
as Danny Rosenfeld
Santino Corbo
as Danny Rosenfeld
Bo Cleary
as FBI Agent #1
Greg Maxwell
as FBI Agent #2
Mickey O'Keefe
as FBI Agent #3
Aaron Flanders
as Elway's Friend
Erica McDermott
as Carl Elway's Assista...
Alura Carbrey
as Elizabeth Polito
Kayla Feeney
as Lorna Polito
Shannon Halliday
as Doreen Polito
Patsy Meck
as Richie's Mother
Abby Lavin
as Richie's Girlfriend
Damien Di Paola
as Baron Owner
Paul Campbell
as Baron's Patron
Jeff Avigian
as Disco Dancer
Stacy Hock
as Girl Outside Stall
Michael Trigg
as Baron's Manager
Richard Heneks
as Al Kalowski
Ted Zalewski
as Carpenter
Elias Birnbaum
as Carpenter Apprentice
Armen Garo
as Dick Helsing
Sal DiMino
as Lou Salvano
Gary Craig
as Jerry Catone
Barry Primus
as Tellegio's Consiglie...
Sonny Gordon
as Tellegio's Consiglie...
Deva Mahal
as Funk Band Singer
Dicky Eklund Jr.
as Street Thug #1
Sean Eklund
as Street Thug #2
Charley Broderick
as Rep. John O'Connell
Richard Donnelly
as Rep. Sanders
Gary Zahakos
as Congressman Keshoyga...
Frank Geraci
as Simone's Gang #1
Melson Alford
as Simone's Gang #2
Melissa McMeekin
as Simone's Gang #3
JJ Wright
as Divorce Lawyer
Bob Taraschi
as Rep. Stelford
Jack Jones
as Jazz Quartet Singer
Matthew Russell
as Dominic Polito
Paul Campbell VIII
as Baron's Patron
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News & Interviews for American Hustle

Critic Reviews for American Hustle

All Critics (251) | Top Critics (49)

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

Full Review… | January 8, 2014
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Vaults heedlessly between bedraggled comedy and serious-stakes scenes in which the director shuts off the fun.

Full Review… | July 14, 2015

Pure, raw energy.

Full Review… | April 23, 2015

Few are the films that can be described as profoundly artistic and deliriously entertaining, substantial and soufflé-like. Noble, and screwy.

Full Review… | February 6, 2015
America Magazine

David O. Russell has made an amazing film here, filled with some of the most complicated, well-developed, and fascinating characters to grace the screen this year.

Full Review… | August 2, 2014

It's confusing in tone, though very funny at times, especially coming from Cooper and Lawrence, but by the end, Russell feels he's warranted an emotional reaction from the audience when he's done anything but.

Full Review… | July 28, 2014

Audience Reviews for American Hustle

A deliciously stylish and hilarious con movie with a clever script and a fabulous gallery of some quite intriguing characters, yet it barely avoids crossing the line between delightfully over-the-top and madly caricatural, including a miscast Jennifer Lawrence occasionally overacting.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

All the makings of a modern classic, American Hustle may feel over-long and drawn out, but the performances of the four main actors are too good to pass up. Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence are brilliant--as usual--and Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper give extraordinarily strong performances. It's funny, well-staged, well-scripted, expertly directed, and accompanied by an iconic soundtrack.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer


A pair of con artists are blackmailed into helping the FBI entrap corrupt politicians or face jail. David O. Russell's long con comedy drama was very well received upon its release and fans of Martin Scorsese will no doubt see his influence throughout the film. It has the flavour of a PG rated version of Casino as these amoral hustlers try to out manoeuvre each other while staying one step ahead of the organised criminals they are charged with duping. Its light-hearted tone makes for a few amusing moments, often revolving around Christian Bale and Jennifer Lawrence's car crash of a marriage and the general level of ineptitude displayed by this cut price Ocean's crew. But one thing the story didn't seem to have is any kind of narrative momentum. It just seemed to be a loose collection of characters heading in the same general direction towards an ill-defined goal dressed up in Boogie Nights' wardrobe. The cast are all fine and it is consistently entertaining but there seems little meat on what is little more than an insubstantial con job with an inevitable who's conning who twist. In the end this fun but flimsy film feels like it could've been so much more in the skilled hands of Scorsese himself rather than a pretender to the crown.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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