American Gangster
American Gangster (2007)

Nobody used to notice Frank Lucas, the quiet driver to one of the inner city's leading black crime bosses. But when his boss suddenly dies, Frank exploits the opening in the power structure to build his own empire and create his own… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: February 19, 2008
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80%
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87%



Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: American Gangster is a gritty and entertaining throwback to classic gangster films, with its lead performers firing on all cylinders.

Bob Mondello
NPR.org

Ridley Scott's gangster flick aims high and mostly measures up.

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David Ansen
Newsweek

For all its grit, style and atmosphere, Gangster never sweeps you away. It has neither the lurid bravado of De Palma's "Scarface" nor the intimate grasp of the criminal lifestyle you find in Scorsese or Coppola.

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Ali Gray
TheShiznit.co.uk

Though it's certainly admirable to aim high, it's like Frank Lucas himself says: "Either you're somebody, or you ain't nobody." Unfortunately for American Gangster, it ends up somewhere between the two.

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Jonathan Crocker
Time Out

Like much of his oeuvre, Scott's scaled-up movie is bigger than life - and lesser for it. But while never digging deeply or darkly enough to match its own grand vision of itself, slick technique drives the story forward with pace and style.

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Todd McCarthy
Variety

Washington's steely grip on his impersonation of Frank Lucas holds the film together.

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Alex Fletcher
Digital Spy

It's 157 minutes long, but immerses its audience with its twists and intricacies as it plays out and considers the logistics and consequences of crime and police corruption, with a plethora of show-stealing performances from the cast.

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Jonathan F. Richards
Film.com

How much truth we get in the movie version is hard to say...nobody much cares if it's gospel, as long as it's riveting. Here, alas, it is not.

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

Ridley Scott's listless Big Statement is a wheezy, hot air-inflated dud.

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Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

American Gangster is an epic, true crime drama, that although not entirely original in its premise is excellent in its execution.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
xGary Xx
American Gangster tells of the rise of 70s Harlem drug baron Denzel Washington and the efforts of crusading detective Russell Crowe to bring him to justice.… More
Edward Boxler
The great director Ridley Scott has three masterpieces behind his belt: Alien, Blade Runner, and Gladiator. He can now add a fourth to that list: American… More
Eugene Bernabe
Ridley Scott develops a masterpiece to be enshrined historically as a magnificent crime/drama classic. American Gangster provides what is to be expected of the… More
Scott Green
A strong deliverance from Washington and the rest of the main characters, with a clever plot, and just a generally good watch that requires some listening.
Eric Alvarez
Another great film starring Denzel. It has a good amount of violence (if that kind of thing matters to you), and a great story line. If you like movies such as… More
Graham Jones
Though not on par with other gangster classics by Scorsese, Copolla or DePalma, this look at the life of a Harlem drug kingpin is a fascinating watch and a… More

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