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The Hustler Reviews

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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.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 11, 2002
The Hustler is one of those films where scenes have such psychic weight that they grow in our memories.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
September 26, 2002
One of the most compelling character-based films to emerge from the decade of the 1960s.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
July 28, 2002
Despite the seedy settings (so evocative that they are almost a character in the story), this is almost a traditional morality play about humility and redemption.
| Original Score: 4/5
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Like a traditional morality play; teens and up.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide
June 28, 2002
Strikes that magical balance between a phenomenal cast, a director with a gift for shadow and mood, and a near-perfect screenplay.
| Original Score: 94/100
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 30, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
This picture is so much better than Martin Scorsese's belated sequel The Color of Money that they don't even belong in the same category.
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.
Christopher Null
May 30, 2002
A Streetcar Named Desire for the con man.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Eric Melin
September 29, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
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
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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.
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
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
September 2, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 1, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 19, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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
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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