Metacritic Movie Ratings
American Hustle Reviews

5.0

90

out of 100

Metascore®
Universal acclaim
Based on a weighted average of all critic review scores.

A sample of reviews from critics across the country.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Entertainment WeeklyOwen 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 Sun-TimesRichard 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

    out of 100

    The Hollywood ReporterDavid 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 JournalJoe 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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  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago TribuneMichael Phillips

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

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  • 90

    out of 100

    VarietyJustin 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 YorkerDavid 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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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA TodayClaudia Puig

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

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