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American Hustle, Movie

American Hustle 2013

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Everyone hustles to survive.

Writer/director David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook, The Fighter) gathers a squadron of A-list actors, including Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner and comedian Louis C.K., for this '70s-set con-artist crime caper. More

Brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Bale) and his equally cunning partner Sydney (Adams) are forced to work for FBI agent Richie (Cooper), who pushes them into a world of the mafia and Jersey powerbrokers. Carmine (Renner) - a volatile, New Jersey political operator - is caught between the con-artists and Feds, while Irving’s unpredictable wife Rosalyn (Lawrence) could be the one that brings their entire world crashing down... Hide

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    • Darryn

      This looks amazing and bent and fun!

    • Hoddy

      This movie could be a piece of crap but add led zep to the trailer and it looks freggin awesome

    • Confused

      I have no idea what the storyline is ?! If there is one.

    • Fred-Thompson

      Wasn't too bothered until I saw Michael Pena...I'm in.

    • jess

      yes

    • Michelle

      JENNIFER LAWRENCE

    • Grace

      Jennifer Lawrence

    • Mr G

      The Fat Knight. Can't wait.

    • ...

      amy adams is so hot

    • Kate

      can't wait to watch this movie. outstanding reviews on Jennifer's role!

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Matt Glasby Flicks Writer

The con is on in David O Russell's Oscar-bait caper. But the greatest mystery is how a super-camp, slightly indie sting flick found itself rubbing shoulder pads with more serious-minded awards contenders. More

When fraudsters Christian Bale and Amy Adams get caught by Bradley Cooper's prissy Fed, they're forced to turn the screws on crooked politician Jeremy Renner as a messy love triangle threatens to expose them all.

Based on a true-ish story, but more recognisable as a fond fetishisation of 1970s cinema, the film sometimes plays like a dizzying dress-up montage – all plunging necklines, soaring quiffs and high-rollers in hair-curlers – with a larger-than-life cast going absolutely hell for leather.

Although Russell and co-screenwriter Eric Warren Singer streamline an awful lot of plot into an (almost) manageable narrative, they often over-simplify the character’s motivations – “I’m her mark,” explains Bale of tagalong wife Jennifer Lawrence. As recompense, each performer gets a cherishable moment to shine, hence the acting acclaim.

Funny, in a heightened, slap-the-forehead kind of way, the film’s at its best when it’s going bonkers, such as the stand-out sequence where an inebriated Bale and Renner belt out Tom Jones’ Delilah, while Adams and Cooper get Saturday Night Fever.

An early exchange, set in a gallery, sees Bale praising the talents of the forger over those of the artist – but it may as well be Russell speaking. As Friday night entertainment, American Hustle is a riot, but if Russell wants us to think – or care – he’s not fooling anyone. Hide

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6 ratings and 6 reviews

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American Hustle

JackWallace Flicks Superstar (?)

David O. Russell's hugely entertaining 70's crime comedy American Hustle is packed with explosive style, energy and humour. David O. Russell reteams with the actors from his two previous films. Christian Bale and Amy Adams from The Fighter, and Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence from Silver Linings Playbook. The rich characters are impeccably acted by the A-list cast. Christian Bale nails it as Irving Rosenfeld, a brilliant con artist who forges paintings and steals money off people desperate for loans, joined by his partner, Sydney Prosser, played by Amy Adams. Bradley Cooper is excellent as FBI agent, Richie DiMaso. Forcing Irving and Sydney to rat out other criminals, including violent mobster, Victor Tellegio, played by Robert De Niro, and New Jersey Mayor Carmine Polito, played by Jeremy Renner. Jennifer Lawrence continues to impress me as Irving's bitchy, obnoxious and hilariously stupid wife, Rosalyn Rosenfeld. American Hustle feels very much like a Martin Scorsese film. Imagine GoodFellas, Boogie Nights and Argo all in one. The plot does get a bit complicated, but everything cleverly ties in together at the end. American Hustle is great.

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  • Alan

    I agree it took too long to get going, definitely not worth four stars

  • Jules

    Agree it was well acted but couldnt't get in to iit and nearly fell asleep.

  • filmlover

    yep. my thoughts too.

  • Nev

    Agreed, in fact we didn't wait for the second half, we left after 40 mins. Possibly the most forgettable movie I've ever (partly) seen

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Didn't get into it

Red Flicks Superstar (?)

I was very much looking forward to this, but couldn't get into it. While it picks up for an entertaining second half, the first part lags. Fun, but forgettable.

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Complicated Hustle

Rhys-Rushton Flicks Superstar (?)

American Hustle is actually a really good film. It just may not dawn on you until afterwards.

The story is a little complicated but once you emerse yourself in, you can't get out.

If your looking for an action packed rumble from credits to credits, your in for a disappointment. If however you are partial to cleverly cinemagraphed films, with complicated story-lines as well as a twist or two then you may well find yourself enjoying this one.

An entertained 3/5 from me.

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  • lee

    i agree. a masterpiece. excellent acting!

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Absolutely great movie!

Gerd Flicks Superstar (?)

David O'Russel has given us the third masterpiece in the past four years. Great movie with great acting with Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) as a gifted small-time con man and Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) is his oft neglected wife.

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  • Zee

    So so sooooo Agree with this!

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A heap of hype.

filmlover Flicks Superstar (?)

Okay shoot me down but I'm not so sure this lives up to the hype. Sure it's a fun ride with 70's cars and fashion but the story is nothing new and the plot twists are predictable at best.
Jennifer Lawrence shines, Christian Bale does a great job as always, Amy Adams swans around in low-cut gowns and Bradley Cooper frankly looks out of his depth and is never quite believable.
I reckon this would look just as good on DVD so save your hard earned bucks and wait.

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Just Been Hustled

CJRedshaw Flicks Superstar (?)

This cast (Bale, Cooper, Adams & Lawrence) always deliver. They seem to be the go to actors for writer director O'Russell. Almost as if he writes these movies for the actors. A minor cameo by DeNiro really ups the Mobster/Gangster 70's feel. All up a well scripted film that the actors worked well with. Bale has been amazing of late, Lawrence continues to develop, Adams manages to reveal most of her talents and Cooper was solid as per usual. A great film to sit back and relax, not quite the edge of your seat hustle I was hoping for but none the less very entertaining!!

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Press Reviews

93% of critics recommend

Consensus: "Riotously funny and impeccably cast, American Hustle compensates for its flaws with unbridled energy and some of David O. Russell's most irrepressibly vibrant direction."

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Guardian (UK)

Russell distils his own toxic kind of nitrous oxide and pipes it into the cinema. Full review.

Hollywood Reporter

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

Total Film (UK)

Funny, sexy and stylish as hell, Russell's Scorsese homage lacks the zip of Marty's greatest work, but makes up for it with hilarious dialogue and a killer ensemble on top form. Full review.

Variety (USA)

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

Empire (UK)

An extremely entertaining, brilliantly acted, highly diverting film which - like all hustles - delivers less than it promises. Still, it's worth being taken for the ride. Full review.

Time Out New York

A dynamite crime comedy and identity meltdown that can rekindle one’s faith in movies. Full review.

New York Times

The ghost of Richard M. Nixon hovers in the air; everyone is a fake and everyone wears a mask... Full review.