American Hustle Synopsis
American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper).
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Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
A dynamite crime comedy and identity meltdown that can rekindle one’s faith in movies.
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David O. Russell out-Scorseses Martin Scorsese with American Hustle, a '70s crime romp that's ridiculously entertaining in all the best...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By 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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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
As much as anything, the wildly entertaining ’70s flashback American Hustle is a triumph of style.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
High-energy comedy comes naturally to the filmmaker. He exults in free association, emotional riffs, in the craziness that underlies...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By 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...
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Entertainment Weekly

By 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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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
There’s a great fever-dream quality to David O. Russell’s American Hustle that instantly reels you in.
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By Justin Chang
It’s a rich, glorious mess, and its underlying craftsmanship is apparent in the characters’ beautifully delineated relationships, each with...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
With one of the best ensemble casts of any film this year, it's audacious, enthralling and uproarious.
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If only there was a time machine that would take me back to a time before I saw this movie.

By kristibarry
PROS: Excellent cast & acting, decent music. CONS: Uninteresting, the scenes dragged, long sophomoric dialogue Going into the movie, you wanted it to be good. As it dragged on, you begged for...

American Hustle

By tuvera
Truly enjoyed this film. A Scorcese-like film without the brutality, nice. Enjoyed the intelligent script, the quick dialogue, and the genuine 70s look. I highly recommend this movie....

avid movie watcher

By mbstevens
The movie's hype was better than the film. The film was slow at best, in fact at one point it put me to sleep ( no joke). Would have walked out but am a big Christian Bale fan (Batman trilogy, et al)...

A Sting Wanna Be

By jaygol
The premise/story line here is excellent. As such, it should have resulted in an outstanding movie. Think "The Sting." However, IMHO, the movie suffers from poor editing. At least a half hour of...

Wish it was an HBO series. Didn't want it to end!

By washed_up
What a wild ride. American Hustle is like that mysteriously sexy lover you found out was batsh*t crazy only after you were hooked. I've seen just about every award nominated film of 2013 from "The...

American Hustle

By Janalowe1
Highly entertaining! Christian Bale was fantastic in his role so different from anything he has ever done. There really wasn't a moment that lagged in this movie. It had a lot of action without the...

One of the most stylishly, flawlessly, executed motion pictures in years!

By HoodCritic1
This is a masterpiece from writer/director David O. Russell. He takes his game to a Scorsese-like level with this film about con-artists, federal agents, political corruption and mobsters and start...

Delicious romp through the hair, clothes and attitudes of the late 1970's, with elements of "The Sting" thrown in for good measure

By David Edwards
Totally engrossing from start to finish - who is hustling who? The plot revolves around a couple of small time con artists (Adams, Bale) who get caught up in the much bigger con of "Abscam." As...

American Hustle

By zito105
An exhilarating experience, once it hits full speed at the splendid party scene when the hustler-in-chief and Carmine Polito cement a friendship. It's as funny - no, funnier - than you've heard. ...

Great performances, interesting characters, but otherwise...

The only reason that I went to see American Hustle is because of the buzz surrounding Jennifer Lawrence's performance. Other than that, I went in completely blind. I thought the characters were very...

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Rated R | For for pervasive language, some sexual content and brief violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 15 & under Mesmerizing mature drama with just a bit of sex, violence.
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