Excerpt: Esta delirante historia entre lo real y lo recreado subraya que David O. Russell se encuentra en el mejor momento de forma de su carrera. Divertida, loca, tragicómica y comitrágica, una película ineludible que bichea por los más gaznápiros juegos de poder imaginables.
Excerpt: The ensemble is frequently a delight in their ridiculous ‘70s hair and wardrobe, but a closer look reveals multiple levels of inconsistency that make its 138 minutes seem like a longer time in the theater.
Excerpt: Nobody’s cracking any code by pinpointing the Scorsese influence, and we’ve had plenty of opportunities to see how easy it is to make an imitation Scorsese movie. What matters is if the good ones (and I’d include ‘Hustle’ in that group) go beyond the influence.
Excerpt: director David O. Russell gives his latest, loosely based on Abscam, a tone of cocaine-fueled conning that plays like an updated screwball romantic comedy version of “The Sting” structured like Scorcese’s 70’s set “Goodfellas.”
Excerpt: In telling the story of the Abscam scandal – a sting operation in which the FBI used a convicted con artist to help ensnare politicians using a fake Sheikh scam – Russell and his immensely talented cast imbue the film with tremendous energy, none of which seems to be focused in any one direction. From scene to scene – and sometimes even within individual scenes – the film veers unpredictably from broad comedy to intense character study, or from moments of quiet reflection to ones of “This is definitely set in the ’70s!” outrageousness.
Excerpt: La gran estafa americana está llena de momentos muy buenos, muchos de ellos gracias a lo bien que está todo el reparto, y de grandes ideas; pero tiene un gran problema: que es demasiado difusa.
Excerpt: The dialogue is often the sort of snappy patter you’d expect in vintage screwball comedies and that’s just fine. The plot is continuously surprising. You never know what to expect next, you can’t wait, and more often than not you’ll be wrong. .
Excerpt: t’s neither a mere polyester shindig nor a covert artwork, but something intriguingly misbegotten, far less than the sum of its parts but more than a lark in the meadow. It’s something, but I’m not sure what.
Excerpt: David O. Russell manipulates fact vs. fiction with the singular vision of a confident filmmaker. We’re treated to a spectacular production that fabricates the pop culture excess of the late 70s in all its unfettered glory.
Excerpt: American Hustle is an ambitious satire, made by an accomplished filmmaker and loaded with terrific acting talent; but despite appreciating it for what it tried to achieve instead, it’s hard not to feel slightly conned.
Excerpt: Out-Scorsese’s Scorsese with its epic ensemble historical crime dramedy bursting with insanely engaging characters who are impossibly real and impossibly ridiculous whose stories you don’t ever want to end.
Excerpt: While the flash doesn’t swamp characterization, the end result doesn’t have the emotional impact or takeaway one might have hoped. Nevertheless, American Hustle is a party that gets away with hustling the viewer into having a good time with Russell and his troupe.
Excerpt: If you’re going to open your film with a text as cheeky as “Some of this actually happened”, you better back that up with a story that’s as outlandish and “stranger than fiction” as you claim.
Excerpt: Movies have always played fast and loose with the facts of real events in order to goose up the entertainment value of their movies. Therefore, when David O. Russell decided to loosely set his fictional con film American Hustle against the backdrop of the New Jersey ABSCAM scandal, it’s no surprise that that basis was going to be embellished and enhanced.
Excerpt: It is tangentially inspired by a real-life scandal, stylistically inspired to replicate elements of Scorsese, but driven by its own unique pathos to explore the inner workings of conniving minds and find out what happens when they’re thrown into an emotional cauldron.
Excerpt: American Hustle situates the viewer at the centre of the con thanks to the ever-moving camera that graces a David O. Russell film. It’s like watching a game of Three Card Monte as the constant motion of the Steadicam moves about the players and observes all kinds of double deals and layers that put the hustlers in deep.
Excerpt: Sure it contains some of the most memorable characters and performances of the year, but those who aren’t distracted by the film’s sparkly pizzazz won’t be able to help but notice its first-half flaws.