American Hustle Reviews

  • American Hustle is a very well acted tale of con artists and their volatile relationships.

    Julian Roman — MovieWeb

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

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • "American Hustle" giddily embraces the excesses of its era, from spandex to 'staches, though it's a farce that speaks as well to this tarnished age.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

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

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • "American Hustle" may have taken its inspiration from the art of the steal, but it has a heart of pure, if slightly tarnished, gold.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • A sloppy, miscast, hammed up, overlong, overloud story that still sends you out of the theater on a cloud of rapture.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • There may not be much behind the sparkling tinsel curtain of David O. Russell's extraordinarily entertaining American Hustle. But what a curtain!

    Stephanie Zacharek — Village Voice

  • It turns out that comb-overs, cleavage, cocaine and kookiness are an unbeatable combo.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • High-energy comedy comes naturally to the filmmaker. He exults in free association, emotional riffs, in the craziness that underlies ostensibly rational behavior.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • [Russell] seems to be having obscene amounts of fun, which becomes contagious very quickly.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • Director David O. Russell and co-writer Eric Warren Singer grab hold of the FBI's long-time Abscam sting (conducted in the late '70s into 1980) as their kernel of truth, then Jiffy Pop it like mad.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • 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.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • The film zigs and zags, chasing after many different characters. And that sprawl, the rogue's gallery of strays, cheaters and deceivers, activates the film rather than deflates it.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Filled with rich characters and sharp dialogue, the movie turns on questions of friendship and fidelity, both personal and political, with a knockout performance by Jennifer Lawrence as the con man's jealous, ball-busting wife.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • American Hustle is a movie built on that cornerstone of the American Dream, reinvention. If you're not happy with who you are, or who people think you are, then go ahead and become somebody else. Anything to survive - and thrive.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Even at two hours and 20 minutes, the movie doesn't wear you down. It carries you along with heedless momentum, giddy and exhilarated at its all-American ambition and scam-artist confidence.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Ambitious even as it studies, exploits and explodes ambition, "American Hustle" is as good as any American film this year. It's also a lot of fun. Don't miss it.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • It's hilarious and sad and, especially, entertaining.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • I wouldn't call American Hustle my kind of movie, but perversely, I have to admit I enjoyed it, primarily because of the twisted logic and wicked cleverness.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • A brilliant cast shines in David O. Russell's deliriously funny account of the notorious Abscam case.

    Justin Chang — Variety

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