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: September 25, 1961
DVD 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.

Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

Rosen, the co-author, has directed with a sure, economical hand. Newman is first-rate.

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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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Sean Axmaker

Paul Newman is cocky poolroom hustler "Fast" Eddie Felson, a swaggering pool shark punk who works his trade in dingy bars and seedy poolrooms, in Robert Rossen's atmospheric adaptation of the Walter Tevis novel.

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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

A crackling good morality tale

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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

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

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Eric Melin

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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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
With an exceptional cast - most especially Paul Newman and Piper Laurie in outstanding performances -, this is a profoundly compelling and richly complex… More
jay nixon
Excellent performances from all four stars, still its a grim story.
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