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American Hustle | Review

11 December 2013 9:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Hustle Bustle: Russell Returns With Surprising Verve

Just when you thought David O. Russell’s American Hustle might bow as an attempt at an awards friendly version of something Martin Scorsese may have helmed, think again. The sometimes explosive, sometimes notorious director, coming off two helpings of crowd pleasing entrees with 2010’s The Fighter and 2012’s The Silver Linings Playbook, has concocted his most thoroughly enjoyable film in years, a slickly paced con game that’s so frenetically enjoyable, it’ll fool you into believing it’s even more substantial than it really is.

While its characters are graced with the sort of melancholy notes that staunchly overruled miserable existences of the persons populating his last efforts, Russell strikes an overtly comedic pose here, a droll comedy of idiots, made a titch more scathing because, as we’re honestly informed in the opening credits, ‘some of this actually happened.’ In truth, »

- Nicholas Bell

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