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The Hustler Reviews

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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.
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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.
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Variety
March 21, 2007
The Hustler belongs to that school of screen realism that allows impressive performances but defeats the basic goal of pure entertainment.
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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.
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Under Robert Rossen's strong direction, its ruthless and odorous account of one young hustler's eventual emancipation is positive and alive.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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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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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.