This movie tries so desperately to mimic the look and feel of a Scorsese film that it fails to find its own voice in the process. "American Hustle" is very good at going through the motions, but it never seems to understand why such motions are necessary in the first place. The "tense" sequences create needless plot holes and the "twist" ending is contrived and barely worthy of being called cute, much less clever. For my money, this film received its accolades based mainly on its cinematic callbacks and its dynamic cast; not for its screenplay. If you really want to know what Scorsese in 2013 looks like, watch The Wolf of Wall Street instead and get a dose of the real thing.