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: November 2, 2007
DVD Release Date: February 19, 2008
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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

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

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Jonathan F. Richards

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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Ali Gray

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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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

Scott's not interested in fireworks but small implosions of the soul and ego.

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David Ansen

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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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 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

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

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
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
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.