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This is an engrossing story, told smoothly and well, and Russell Crowe's contribution is enormous. Read full review
Call it the black "Scarface" or "the Harlem Godfather" or just one hell of an exciting movie. Read full review
The movie, based on a true story, takes surprising twists and turns right up to its chilling ending and is probably the best gangster crime drama of the year. Read full review
It's workmanlike and engrossing, but what sticks in the mind are Frank and Richie, not what anybody does. Read full review
In the end, though, the success of American Gangster doesn't flow from the originality of its ideas, or its bid for epic status, as much as from its craftsmanship and confident professionalism. It's a great big gangster film, and a good one. Read full review
Ridley Scott gives it the grand treatment, 157 minutes worth, but in the end, it doesn't stack up as the portrait of an era (the 1970s, in this case) or an important tale of a criminal mastermind. Read full review
It lacks momentum, and thus the propulsion required to rocket it into the movie mythosphere. Read full review
Meticulous and detailed, a drug-world epic that holds you from moment to moment, immersing you in the intricate and sleazy logistics of crime. Yet the movie isn't quite enthralling; it's more like the ghost version of a '70s classic. Read full review
The problem is that the movie spends as much time on the boring detective chasing Lucas as on the drug lord himself. Read full review
The result is kitschy entertainment that wants to celebrate Lucas's chutzpah and acumen while loosely condemning what they wrought: "Scarface" with a ghost of a conscience. Read full review
totally entertains you,
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