American Hustle
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A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, 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). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that's as dangerous as it is enchanting. Jeremy Renner is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Save your admiration for the performances, especially Lawrence, who is now Hollywood's most important presence in front of the camera."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"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
"David O. Russell has made an amazing film here, filled with some of the most complicated, well-developed, and fascinating characters to grace the screen this year."
‑ Mark Hughes, Forbes
"The movie's greatest strength [is] Russell's magnanimity toward his characters, an equable, never cloying embrace of their imperfections."
‑ Melissa Anderson, Artforum
"David O. Russell's '70s caper nearly out-Scorseses Scorsese. Rollicking fun stuffed into '70s wrapping paper."
‑ Brad Keefe, Columbus Alive
"It turns out that comb-overs, cleavage, cocaine and kookiness are an unbeatable combo."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"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
"It's confusing in tone, though very funny at times, especially coming from Cooper and Lawrence, but by the end, Russell feels he's warranted an emotional reaction from the audience when he's done anything but."
‑ Clayton Davis,
"David O. Russell has a gift for the farce at work in American institutions, and in American Hustle he's created another instant classic."
‑ Colin Biggs, Movie Mezzanine
"Amy Adams is spectacular, febrile, dramatic, comic, sharp, sarcastic and magnificent to look upon, especially her soaring laughter in an explosive comic-sexual scene set in a nightclub ladies' room stall."
‑ Ray Pride, Newcity
"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
"The source of this movie's galvanizing intrigue is that the characters remain in play -- they never settle into place"
‑ Michael Sragow, Orange County Register
"An entertaining but bloated, starry, Grand Hotel-sized con artist caper that looks, sounds and feels like Scorsese without a smidgen of the electricity he effortlessly brings to his pictures."
‑ Richard Knight, Windy City Times
"David O Russell's film fizzes with energy and wit, bowling along with a brio that matches the quick-wit and razzle-dazzle of its con artists."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"To call the end result an absolute triumph would undercut more apropos labels; it seeks to be one of the best films of the year, and transcends that goal."
‑ David Keyes,
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