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‘American Hustle’ Reviews: Jennifer Lawrence Flick Is Next ‘Goodfellas’

Fri, December 13, 2013 10:41am EDT by 4 Comments
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The reviews for ‘American Hustle’ are in, and it’s official — you have to see this movie. The nation’s top critics are enthralled over David O. Russell’s ’70s con-job caper, with many even comparing it to the classic film ‘Goodfellas.’

With a cast that includes Christian Bale, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner, Amy Adams, and Bradley Cooper — and with Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell at the helm — it’s no surprise that critics are losing their minds over American Hustle. Heck, J-Law earned a Golden Globe nod for her role before the film was even released! Find out why American Hustle is a must-see below.

‘American Hustle’ Earns Rave Reviews

HollywoodLife scoured the Internet for the 411 on American Hustle, and with a currently 96 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it was damn near impossible to find anything bad about the film. Here’s why:

Entertainment Weekly

It’s a film of jaw-dropping virtuosity and pleasure, one that leaves you revved, enthralled, tickled, moved, and amazed. It’s as if the Scorsese of GoodFellas had been revived, full-throttle, only with a new subject: the hucksterism hiding in the shadows of middle-class America.

Hollywood Reporter

In The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook, David O. Russell hit a bracing mid-career groove in which his idiosyncratic stamp as a director injected distinctive rawness and emotional vitality into what in other hands might have been merely conventional movies. He continues on that roll of refreshing character-driven storytelling with the outrageously entertaining American Hustle, a twisty con-job chronicle that combines heightened dramatic stakes with playful humor, subversive sexiness and fabulous 1970s style. Fueled by invigorating performances from a zesty ensemble often cast against type, this looks like a winner for Sony.

The Wrap

“A quintet of great performances — from Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner — anchor this audacious shaggy-dog story about the blurry line that separates hustlers from FBI agents.”


“You’ve seen smoother, more elegant con movies than American Hustle, but probably none quite so big-hearted or so rudely, insistently entertaining. As directed by that master of modern farce, David O. Russell, this sprawling fictionalized account of the notorious Abscam case is less a dramatic FBI procedural than a human comedy writ large, ringing a series of screwball variations on themes of duplicity and paranoia against a dazzling ’70s backdrop.”

Rolling Stone

“Russell propels the action with electrifying performances from a top-tier cast. The reliably amazing Bale, playing on the edge, where he likes it, uses a hilarious comb-over and an extra 40 pounds to play Irv, without skimping on interior conflict. And Cooper is dynamite, making Richie’s FBI ambitions as tightly wound as the hair he puts up in curlers. For these guys, surface makeovers can’t trump harsh reality. Irv has an adopted son tucked away on Long Island, along with an agoraphobic, sexpot wife (Lawrence) ready to throw him under the bus. Is Lawrence, 23, too young for the part? Maybe. But she’s a total blast, killer-funny and fierce, and her rendition of “Live and Let Die” is crazy-good.”

What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Will the rave reviews be enough to get you out of that snow and into an AMC? Let us know in the comments!

— Shaunna Murphy

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