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With David O. Russell's "American Hustle" a mere week away from being released, reviews of the "Goodfellas"-esque crime and corruption drama have been steadily pouring in. While the film's structure and narrative have generally earned good though not necessarily great reviews, the cast including Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Jennifer Lawrence, have almost universally attracted praise and Oscar talk with the spotlight edging slightly closer to Bale and Lawrence. "American Hustle" will be released theatrically December 13. Here's a recap of the reviews so far: Eric Kohn, Indiewire: Russell turns the pursuit of the American dream into the ultimate escapism. Despite the flashy period details, "American Hustle" maintains an appeal that's resolutely modern. Justin Chang, Variety: 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 »

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