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The Hustler Reviews

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Sean Axmaker
January 13, 2017
Paul Newman is cocky poolroom hustler "Fast" Eddie Felson, a swaggering pool shark punk who works his trade in dingy bars and seedy poolrooms, in Robert Rossen's atmospheric adaptation of the Walter Tevis novel.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
January 27, 2016
Rosen, the co-author, has directed with a sure, economical hand. Newman is first-rate.
Dan Jardine
September 24, 2013
A crackling good morality tale
Full Review | Original Score: 82/100
Eric Melin
June 20, 2011
So much more than the ups and downs of one pool player--It's shot in a very realistic way and deals with inner conflict and what it means to be a man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 20, 2011
This is one of Newman's very best films, if not his best, even if it's relentlessly depressing.
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
April 11, 2011
A raft of excellent performances buoy a fervent tale of weakness and success.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Like a traditional morality play; teens and up.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
August 4, 2010
An extraordinarily accomplished noir drama about pool, with top notch peformance from Paul Newman as the jaded player and exemplary supporting cast headed by Piper Laurie, George C. Scott, and Jackie Gleason.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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TIME Magazine
August 3, 2008
Newman is better than usual; Gleason, as the slit-mouthed, beady-eyed Minnesota Fats, darts among the shabby little pool sharks like an improbably agile and natty whale; and Gambler Scott looks as though he could sell hot-air heat to the devil.

August 3, 2008
Director Rossen presses all the right buttons in this classic dark masterpiece, and the atmosphere of the pool halls is brilliantly conveyed by Shufton's black-and-white CinemaScope photography.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
May 7, 2008
Eddie's true modern progeny is There Will Be Blood's Daniel Plainview, drinking bitter milkshakes since 1961.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
September 9, 2007
shows timeless struggle and is a classic in cinema
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Arthur Ryel-Lindsey
Slant Magazine
June 29, 2007
This is the purest examination of an athlete's internal struggle ever mounted for the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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March 21, 2007
The Hustler belongs to that school of screen realism that allows impressive performances but defeats the basic goal of pure entertainment.
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
January 30, 2007
Landmark Paul Newman vehicle--only took the Academy 25 years to recognize the greatness of his original "Fast Eddie" character
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
September 11, 2006
Elenco impecável em um filme fascinante e doloroso sobre um personagem em busca da própria integridade.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
A wonderful hymn to the last true era when men of substance played pool with a vengeance.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2006
A rich paean to the low-life pool players, dank pool halls and its pool sharks.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Dan Fazio
September 16, 2003
Newman and Scott smolder through the moody black-and-white cinematography, delivering line after line of crackling dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10

TV Guide
July 30, 2003
Not to be missed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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