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American Hustle Review

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    90

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    Metascore®
    Universal acclaim
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  • 100

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    Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper

    American Hustle is the best time I’ve had at the movies all year, a movie so perfectly executed, such wall-to-wall fun, so filled with the joy of expert filmmaking on every level I can’t imagine anyone who loves movies not loving THIS movie.

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  • 100

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    It's a film of jaw-dropping virtuosity and pleasure, one that leaves you revved, enthralled, tickled, moved, and amazed.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    The whole movie, a feast of ensemble wiles and stunning hair, is juicy, funny and alive.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter David Rooney

    An infectious blast of funky jazz played by a terrific cast and a director at the top of their respective games.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    High-energy comedy comes naturally to the filmmaker. He exults in free association, emotional riffs, in the craziness that underlies ostensibly rational behavior. The crosscurrents have crosscurrents in his films, but the current that carries everything along here is announced by the first strains of music from the screen: Duke Ellington's "Jeep's Blues," with one of the most exuberant passages in all of jazz. David O. Russell does buoyancy better than anyone.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    With one of the best ensemble casts of any film this year, it's audacious, enthralling and uproarious.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    Variety Justin Chang

    It’s a rich, glorious mess, and its underlying craftsmanship is apparent in the characters’ beautifully delineated relationships, each with its own jangly rhythm and distinct feel.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    The New Yorker David Denby

    “Inside Llewyn Davis” and “Nebraska” are the current standards of what a serious Hollywood movie looks like. American Hustle offers so many easy pleasures that people may not think of it as a work of art, but it is. In the world that Russell has created, if you don’t come to play you’re not fully alive. An art devoted to appetite has as much right to screen immortality as the most austere formal invention.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 15 & under

Mesmerizing mature drama with just a bit of sex, violence.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that American Hustle is an intoxicating, brilliant -- but mature -- drama that will leave viewers breathless with its audacity and streak of humor. There's not a ton of violence or sexual activity, but the themes are intense and adult (reinvention, one-upsmanship, overarching ambition infidelity, an unhappy marriage). The movie also includes brief scenes of drug use and loads of swearing including multiple instances of "f--k."

  • Families can talk about what makes this movie unique. Have you seen other movies with similar styles or themes? What sets this one apart? What do you know about how the director works?
  • What makes a movie better for mature viewers -- sexual or violent content or adult-oriented themes? What kinds of movies should teens not see?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Even among thieves and con artists, loyalty is a must. Also, love can sometimes be the only way out of a really big mess.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Irving isn't a pillar of decency by any stretch of the imagination, but he does have standards and approaches his line of work with zeal and respect. Also, he truly loves his step-son and makes sacrifices for him. Sydney is lost, sometimes sad, but bold and hardworking, and truly loves Irving, even though he's married to someone else. Sydney is a force to be reckoned with, mistress of her fate. She and Irving have an equal relationship.

What to watch for
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    Violence: This is not a violence-packed movie, but there are a few key moments of brutality. A man shoots someone at point blank (it's a brief but visceral scene). A woman finds herself hitting a man hard with a picture frame after he refuses to stop making advances toward her. A man beats a co-worker with a phone; again, it's brief, but long enough for us to get a sense of the moment's brutality.

  • sex false3

    Sex: A woman's wardrobe consists almost entirely of plunging necklines that show off her cleavage. A man and a woman go into a bathroom stall, and he's shown lifting up her skirt and making out with her while they discuss whether to have sex or not. Another couple is shown kissing passionately, and it's suggested that they sleep together, though we don't see any explicit sexual activity.

  • language false4

    Language: Swear words galore, including "ass," "s--t," "son-of-a-bitch," bulls--t," and "motherf--ker."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Some old-school brands, including Pimm's, Chase, Skippy, Cheez Whiz, and New York's Plaza Hotel.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Brief scenes showing adults snorting coke and smoking weed. Lots of social drinking.

Fan Reviews provided by

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No What I Was Hoping For... by nellie594
Disappointed in this one. Went in with high hopes. Story was convoluted. My own fault for going in expecting something close to Silver Linings Playbook...this is nothing like that. Very dark with very few laughs. A downer, despite attempt to cheer up the ending.

1

American "Fizzle" by candysxs4u
With all the buzz, I was looking forward to seeing this movie! Can I have my money back? One of the worst movies I have ever seen. When a movie is great, or even good, it stays in my memory for a long time; I even look forward to maybe seeing it again. I can't remember any of this movie. I couldn't remember any of it even as soon as leaving the theater. I became more and more disappointed as the frames rollllled on. I would probably even want my money back if I had waited and rented it at the box. 10 nominations??? Who are these Academy people anyway? Robots with no intelligence? Ugh.

5

American Hustle by NatalieRosen
FABULOUS FABULOUS FABULOUS. What a difficult field for the Oscars to choose so many are so good. Jennifer Lawrence was so riveting a character that I could not get enough of her. The film is so entertaining and even very funny while showing a rather bleak mirror up to American life as it was then and is, in my opinion, now. Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper were wonderful too. Great film great characters and a wonderful entertaining time was had by all who saw it. The audience even clapped at the end. A must see!

2

American Hustle by nknowlton
Only went to this movie because of it's many Academy nominations. Many friends advised against it. Unnecessary profanity. Acting was great, but the plot slow and boring. If this is an example of Academy Award movie making, they need to have their heads examined. We would not recommend it to anyone.

3

I Don't Get What All the Fuss is About???? by drhall123
I can't believe this was nominated for Best Picture, the first 45 minutes was about as boring as it gets.omg the whole coat rack dry cleaner fashion show was so old fashioned and hokey. I thought Bradley Cooper over acted...Christian Bale's character looked a little too much like the Tom Cruise parody in Tropic Thunder, ( I heard after seeing it that it was semi modeled on it) but.. it was distracting,and I know it was set in the 70's but did it have to be exactly like a movie from the 70s? Hey, I was a teen in the 70s and what's with the beards? Bee Gees?? I thought it was supposed to have a bit of humor in it? Didn't see any. The only bright spots were Lawrence, Renner and DeNiro, always good whoever they play. Amy Adams was excellent, but her character was less than likeable so I didn't care. I gave it a so so for the acting, but ugh,it was awful, convoluted and had that depressing feel of films from the 70s like Clockwork Orange. Was like a step back in time creativity wise.

4

american hustle by wellertrust
a step up from goodfellows with the quality of the music reaffirming the era. amy adams was the best actor in the movie. i would recommend this movie.

3

Great actors, not great movie :( Wait to see it at home! by Scarlet 1
Movie generally slow, actors did a great job prortraying their characters but just not an overly great movie. Will enojy watching it again when it comes to HBO but would not pay to see it :( Sorry, loved the actors!!

5

It won't disappoint by obsessed_movie freak
American Hustle will call for you're attention through out the entiere movie.I espeacialy, like many critics noticed jennifer lawrence's performance, given to her very intresting caracter who will most defenetly get if not a full laugh at least a smile out of you.The end is not disipointing even if predictable and the story in it's self was very good.

4

Very good but not as intriguing as The Sting by Jfox1065
Amy Adams was the incredible and complicated star of the movie. She should receive the greatest recognition of her talents. And Christian Bale is a handsome man no matter how they disguised him or made him chubbed up. Love his range. Yes, Jennifer Lawrence is good. And of course Bradley Cooper was great. But Amy and Christian were out-of-the-park.

4

Great Acting by wallscaitlin
Costumes and design was great. Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence always looked stunning. The acting was top notch. The only bad thing I can say is that, the story did not quite make you "root for" the two leads even if they are hustling people out of money. Overall, I would see it again though!

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