The Hustler
The Hustler (1961)

As The Hustler's "Fast" Eddie Felson, Paul Newman created a classic antihero, charismatic but fundamentally flawed, and nobody's role model. A pool player from Oakland, CA, as good as anyone who ever picked up a cue, Eddie… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 4, 2002
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason give iconic performances in this dark, morally complex tale of redemption.

TIME Magazine

Newman is better than usual; Gleason, as the slit-mouthed, beady-eyed Minnesota Fats, darts among the shabby little pool sharks like an improbably agile and natty whale; and Gambler Scott looks as though he could sell hot-air heat to the devil.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Under Robert Rossen's strong direction, its ruthless and odorous account of one young hustler's eventual emancipation is positive and alive.

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Dan Jardine
Cinemania

A crackling good morality tale

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Variety

The Hustler belongs to that school of screen realism that allows impressive performances but defeats the basic goal of pure entertainment.

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews

One of the most compelling character-based films to emerge from the decade of the 1960s.

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Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com

So much more than the ups and downs of one pool player--It's shot in a very realistic way and deals with inner conflict and what it means to be a man.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

A wonderful hymn to the last true era when men of substance played pool with a vengeance.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The Hustler is one of those films where scenes have such psychic weight that they grow in our memories.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

This is one of Newman's very best films, if not his best, even if it's relentlessly depressing.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Dan Schultz
A very well-done, old fashioned story concerning a drifter (Paul Newman) who hustles people at the game of pool, but potentially meets his match on the pool… More
Melvin White
Fast Eddie: You know, I got a hunch, fat man. I got a hunch it's me from here on in. One ball, corner pocket. I mean, that ever happen to you? You know,… More
Spencer S.
A character study of an awesome proportion, it's much more than the theatrical antics of a small time pool hustler. Paul Newman portrays "Fast"… More
Chris Weber
This is an absolutely brilliant character study. Much like Raging Bull, this is not really about the game or sport highlighted in the film. In this case, pool… More
jay nixon
Excellent performances from all four stars, still its a grim story.
xGary Xx
When a brash young pool shark is handed a lesson in humility by the accepted best in the business, he teams up with an amoral gambler to challenge for a… More

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