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American Hustle (2013)



Critic Consensus: Riotously funny and impeccably cast, American Hustle compensates for its flaws with unbridled energy and some of David O. Russell's most irrepressibly vibrant direction.

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A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that's as dangerous as it is enchanting. Jeremy Renner is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving's unpredictable wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down. Like David O. Russell's previous films, American Hustle defies genre, hinging on raw emotion, and life and death stakes. (c) Sony

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Christian Bale
as Irving Rosenfeld
Bradley Cooper
as Richie DiMaso
Amy Adams
as Sydney Prosser
Jeremy Renner
as Carmine Polito
Jennifer Lawrence
as Rosalyn Rosenfeld
Louis C.K.
as Stoddard Thorsen
Jack Huston
as Pete Musane
Jack Jones
as Jazz Quartet Singer
Michael Peña
as Paco Hernandez/Sheik Abdullah
Shea Whigham
as Carl Elway
Alessandro Nivola
as Anthony Amado
Elisabeth Röhm
as Dolly Polito
Paul Herman
as Alfonse Simone
Saïd Taghmaoui
as Irv's Sheik Plant
Matthew Russell
as Dominic Polito
Thomas Matthews
as Francis Polito
Anthony Zerbe
as Senator Horton Mitchell
Steve Gagliastro
as Agent Schmidt
Chris Tarjan
as Agent Stock
Zachariah Supka
as Young Irv
Christy Scott Cashman
as Cosmo Interview Girl
Simon Hamlin
as Photographer
Dawn Olivieri
as Cosmo Girl
Jay Giannone
as Suburban Businessman
Arthur Birnbaum
as Queens Businessman
Rob Dininni
as Desperate Businessman
Michael Fennimore
as Car Salesman
Corbo Dante
as Danny Rosenfeld
Santino Corbo
as Danny Rosenfeld
Bo Cleary
as FBI Agent #1
Greg Maxwell
as FBI Agent #2
Mickey O'Keefe
as FBI Agent #3
Aaron Flanders
as Elway's Friend
Erica McDermott
as Carl Elway's Assistant
Alura Carbrey
as Elizabeth Polito
Kayla Feeney
as Lorna Polito
Shannon Halliday
as Doreen Polito
Patsy Meck
as Richie's Mother
Abby Lavin
as Richie's Girlfriend
Damien Di Paola
as Baron Owner
Paul Campbell
as Baron's Patron
Jeff Avigian
as Disco Dancer
Stacy Hock
as Girl Outside Stall
Michael Trigg
as Baron's Manager
Richard Heneks
as Al Kalowski
Ted Zalewski
as Carpenter
Elias Birnbaum
as Carpenter Apprentice
Armen Garo
as Dick Helsing
Sal DiMino
as Lou Salvano
Gary Craig
as Jerry Catone
Barry Primus
as Tellegio's Consigliere
Sonny Gordon
as Tellegio's Consigliere
Deva Mahal
as Funk Band Singer
Dicky Eklund Jr.
as Street Thug #1
Sean Eklund
as Street Thug #2
Charley Broderick
as Rep. John O'Connell
Richard Donnelly
as Rep. Sanders
Gary Zahakos
as Congressman Keshoygan
Frank Geraci
as Simone's Gang #1
Melson Alford
as Simone's Gang #2
Melissa McMeekin
as Simone's Gang #3
JJ Wright
as Divorce Lawyer
Bob Taraschi
as Rep. Stelford
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Critic Reviews for American Hustle

All Critics (285) | Top Critics (55)

Save your admiration for the performances, especially Lawrence, who is now Hollywood's most important presence in front of the camera.

January 8, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

It turns out that comb-overs, cleavage, cocaine and kookiness are an unbeatable combo.

January 8, 2014 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Fun, charming, but slight - and way too long and flabby in the girth for such slightness.

January 6, 2014

Director David O. Russell and co-writer Eric Warren Singer grab hold of the FBI's long-time Abscam sting (conducted in the late '70s into 1980) as their kernel of truth, then Jiffy Pop it like mad.

December 20, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4

Ambitious even as it studies, exploits and explodes ambition, "American Hustle" is as good as any American film this year. It's also a lot of fun. Don't miss it.

December 20, 2013 | Rating: A | Full Review…

American Hustle is a movie built on that cornerstone of the American Dream, reinvention. If you're not happy with who you are, or who people think you are, then go ahead and become somebody else. Anything to survive - and thrive.

December 20, 2013 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for American Hustle

There are some genuinely funny and well written parts and all the actors are delivering the goods, yet I couldn't help but feel this could have been shorter, more on point. It requires quite some concentration during some parts to follow the details of the caper and the entire who is fooling who. Overall enjoyable, especially the use of music, but slightly overrated compared to Russell's other works.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

A deliciously stylish and hilarious con movie with a clever script and a fabulous gallery of intriguing characters, even if always one step back from crossing the line between delightfully over-the-top and madly caricatural, including a miscast Jennifer Lawrence occasionally overacting.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Long winded and overrated! Lawrence however is a force to be reckoned with, stealing each scene she was in! Adams english accent with no bra throughout also worked for me!

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

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