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90

Metascore

Based on 47 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
An infectious blast of funky jazz played by a terrific cast and a director at the top of their respective games.
90
It’s a rich, glorious mess, and its underlying craftsmanship is apparent in the characters’ beautifully delineated relationships, each with its own jangly rhythm and distinct feel.
90
“Inside Llewyn Davis” and “Nebraska” are the current standards of what a serious Hollywood movie looks like. American Hustle offers so many easy pleasures that people may not think of it as a work of art, but it is. In the world that Russell has created, if you don’t come to play you’re not fully alive. An art devoted to appetite has as much right to screen immortality as the most austere formal invention.
83
Story comes second to Russell over the rhythms of well-timed bickering, which is a blessing and a curse in American Hustle.
83
Although movies like “Goodfellas” are indisputable forebears for Russell’s decadent tale of crime and punishment, the filmmaker distinguishes himself by creating a complex and compelling web of manipulation between the characters that eventually supersedes any of their scheming or con artistry.
80
It is an intriguing confection of a movie, announcing its influences candidly, but exerting its originality too.
80
What gives the film its lip-smacking, chilli-pepper kick is that we are never entirely certain who is conning whom, or even if what we are watching has any truth to it at all.
80
With the entire cast on their A-game, depths are found in characters that could’ve easily been caricatures.
75
Slant Magazine
Formally ostentatious and unrepentantly messy, the film manages to implicitly convey the overdriven, coked-up confusion that many '70s period pieces make painfully overt.
72
Film.com
While American Hustle succeeds when it comes to casting and characters, it’s dragged down by a murky and poorly-paced narrative.

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